Sault College . in partnership with Tenaris, has taken its place as a leader in the field of automation with the acquisition of industrial ABB robots.
“Welcome to the future!” noted Dr. Ron Common , President of at Sault College, as he greeted the crowd, :the robotics labs on campus will assist our community in providing a locally-grown talent pool that will promote a strong and innovative manufacturing base in our region” Common said, “it will bring advantages to the economic sector in the community and will help grow our region”.
“Our government supports innovative college programming that contributes to the development of highly qualified individuals in new technologies which is vital to our local economic growth,” said David Orazietti, Sault Ste. Marie MPP. “This lab will make robotics technology training available to local industry and attract new students to our community.”
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) provided $310,275 to Sault College to purchase, integrate and install additional industrial robots and auxiliary equipment for their robotics lab, creating an ideal environment that facilitates full scale industry research and effective hands-on learning.
The new Robotics Lab will provide robotics training to industry personnel in Sault Ste. Marie; expand its engagement in industry-led applied research projects relating to automation and advanced manufacturing; and will lead to the development of a talent pool of highly qualified personnel.
“The investment made to our organization speaks to the recognition of the importance of innovation and embraces the opportunities before us as we enter a new era of accelerating change in manufacturing – one involving robotics and other advanced technologies that pose unprecedented demands on skills training,” said Common “As part of our strategy to proactively provide the best-trained highly qualified personnel with matched skills for industry, the Robotics labs on campus will assist our community in providing a locally-grown talent pool that will promote a strong and innovative manufacturing base in our region. In this way, it will bring great advantages to the economic sector of the community and will help grow our region. We are grateful to the many funders who have made this robotics installation possible.”
Supporting post-secondary education and skills training is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.
Sault College has received its share of cash over the years from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, here’s a list of initiatives made possible with public funding dollars over the last 12 years through MPP David Orazietti.
Key provincial initiatives supporting Sault College since 2003 include:
$9.5 million Academic Building at Sault College
$7.1 million Facility Renewal, Improvements and Modernization
$5.0 million Health and Wellness Centre
$1.9 million Apprenticeship Programs
$1.8 million Student and Community Services Hub and Link ($1 million MTCU, $800,000 NOHFC)
$1.6 million Additional Instructors and Increased Student Resources
$1.0 million New IT Infrastructure
$750,000 Multi-Media Centre
$603,673 Pre-apprenticeship Training and Increased Apprenticeship Training, creating 30 new positions
$519,350 for Aviation Program Equipment Upgrades
$513,353 NOHFC Interns
$495,040 Nursing Simulation Equipment
$327,332 Endowment Fund – Ontario Trust Program
$320,000 Wind Energy Training Centre
$310,275 Sault College Robotics Lab
$309,984 Services for Students with Disabilities
$295,000 Automated Water Treatment Project
$186,500 Digital Film Production
Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Algoma Public Health Building on Campus