Saskatchewan aerospace sector gets huge boost
Oct. 3, 2014, Saskatoon - Students enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will benefit from additional hands-on training thanks to a $2 million investment announced by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
The Government of Canada’s investment will allow SIIT to upgrade its training aircrafts, computer hardware and software, and corresponding infrastructure at the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre (SALC).
SIIT will convert AME training manuals to digital format and YouTube-style videos so students can review materials online and download applications to their laptops or tablets from on or off campus. With these training resources, and additional bench-side work using the extra aircraft, Saskatchewan’s AME graduates will benefit from improved technical skills.
Increased exploration and expansion activities in Saskatchewan’s oil and gas, and mineral sectors, as well as growth in agricultural production, has resulted in greater aviation traffic in many of the province’s airports including: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, La Ronge, Yorkton and Swift Current. SIIT is expanding its training facility to help meet increased industry demand.