Southeast Regional College: SE Saskatchewan’s educational connection to the energy industry

Electrician lab © Chris Graham Photo 2012

Students preparing for energy-related careers in SRC’s Electrician (left), Power Engineering (centre) and Office Education (right) Certificate programs. © Chris Graham Photo 2012

With over 35 years of experience in delivering education and training to southeast Saskatchewan, Southeast Regional College (SRC) puts people and communities in touch with a variety of higher learning opportunities that can lead to successful careers in the energy industry. With campus locations in Moosomin, Whitewood, Indian Head, Weyburn, Estevan, and Assiniboia, the key benefits for SRC students include a quality educational experience that is close to home.

Just what types of energy-related training and education opportunities are available at SRC?

© Chris Graham Photo 2013

Students preparing for energy-related careers in SRC’s Electrician (left), Power Engineering (centre) and Office Education (right) Certificate programs. © Chris Graham Photo 2012

SRC delivers a variety of technical and trades certificate programs through its main educational partner, SIAST.  Students taking these programs receive the exact same instruction that they would receive at SIAST and receive a SIAST certificate upon graduation. The Electrician Certificate program, delivered in Estevan and Moosomin, prepares graduates for work in mining, oil and gas, and a variety of other sectors. Fourth-class Power Engineering Certificate grads from the Estevan program are hired regularly by power generation plants and in some cases, become battery operators in the oilpatch. In addition to the trades there are other opportunities within the energy sector, such as office administrative support, which provide solid careers for graduates of Estevan and Moosomin’s Office Education Certificate.

Adult Basic Education

SRC’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is for adult learners wanting to complete high school, meet post-secondary entrance requirements, improve their employment opportunities, or develop personal skills. The ABE program provides employability skills for entry-level jobs in the energy sector, and also prepares individuals who want to delve further into post-secondary trades or technical training for more advanced energy-related careers. ABE programs are offered region-wide at the Moosomin, Weyburn, Estevan, and Indian Head campuses as well as a variety of First Nation locations including Kahkewistahaw, Ocean Man, Ochapowace, Piapot Urban (Regina), Piapot Valley (On-reserve), and Pheasant Rump.

Safety and Industrial Training

The Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute (SETI) is a division of SRC that specializes in industrial training.  In operation for over 20 years, SETI has grown with the southeast Saskatchewan energy industry in order to provide employers and employees with the training and certification they need to enter or develop in their chosen energy-related fields.

With its new 44,000-square-foot training facility in Estevan, SETI offers a wide variety of safety training courses for the oilfield through its main training partner, Enform. Other training partners, including St. John Ambulance, Global Training, Sask Safety Council, and the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, provide a well-rounded slate of safety courses that are available year-round. Visit www.southeastcollege.org for a complete A to Z course listing and schedule.

With the high volume of industrial construction in the southeast, SETI is graduating a number of students from the SIAST-accredited Heavy Equipment Operator program. In just one month, students become certified and employment-ready on three pieces of heavy equipment—crawler tractor, excavator, and front-end loader. Registrations have also been growing in the one-week 1A Truck Driver Training programs due to the increased hauling required in the oilpatch.

SETI business consultants meet with employers regularly to determine what their training needs are and how they can be met. By keeping in close contact with industry, the business consultants can monitor developing industry trends and training requirements. For example, in 2011 SETI purchased a SKIDCAR training simulator and launched a new driver evaluation training course based on industry feedback and the need for this type of training closer to home. To date, a number of employers have taken advantage of this training in order to provide additional knowledge and tools for employees who spend many hours driving a vehicle as part of their job in the energy industry.

The SKIDCAR training simulator and Driver Evaluation training course was recently developed with feedback from industry.

The SKIDCAR training simulator and Driver Evaluation training course was recently developed with feedback from industry.

Partnerships

Stakeholder partnerships are a critical success factor for SRC and SETI as it moves forward into the future. In addition to partnerships with various training providers, employment agencies, industry groups, and employers, SRC just recently created a partnership with an international energy provider that will provide $60,000 in scholarships to Aboriginal students. With partnerships and support such as this, SRC and SETI will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of learners seeking successful careers in the energy labour market.

To learn more about Southeast Regional College or the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute, please visit www.southeastcollege.org.  

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