Civil technicians need apply

Nathan Liewicki
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Mathematics plays an integral role in civil engineering technology, but it does not form the ultimate basis for it.

These desks at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's Palliser Campus will be full of students in the newly created one-year Civil Technician certificate program beginning in fall 2014. 

“You have to do some measurements, drafting and sketching. So, the need to be able to have some math skills to draw on is very apparent, but it's not heavily dependent on a high number of math courses,” said Jamie Hilts,

The Dean of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, and Dean of Natural Resources Built Environment at SIAST's at Pallier Campus, Hilts noted math skills are important component of the school’s new civil technician certificate program.

The one-year program – beginning in fall 2014 – will provide prospective students an opportunity to work toward becoming part of an ever-growing industry.

“We hope that students will see the program as a great opportunity to get their foot in the door and get some experience within the working aspect of it,” Hilts told the Times-Herald on Tuesday.

If students decide to come back to school at a later date in the engineering and technology fields, they would be able to apply their civil technician certificate toward furthering their education.

Not only does the program offer something for students fresh out of high school, or those who have yet to find their professional niche, Hilts believes the program is something people interested in a career change might entertain.

Essentially, Hilts is hopeful that the program has applicability and value to a “broad cross-section of learners within Saskatchewan, and the Moose Jaw area specifically.”

With a growing demand for skilled labour in the province, the civil technician program is important to be able to meet the needs of industry stakeholders, including contractors, consulting companies and across the construction landscape.

“This program will fit a specific need in terms of being able to work within the overall team environment between technicians, technologists and engineers,” said Hilts. “It will also work within the field of engineering and engineering technologies.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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