Power Engineering students celebrate their successes
FORT NELSON – The successes achieved by students in a special offering of Power Engineering and Gas Processing at the Fort Nelson Campus of Northern Lights College were celebrated during a special ceremony on March 31.
The students, friends and family, and program supporters gathered in the College’s Aboriginal Gathering Space for camaraderie and a delicious meal to recognize the program’s completion. The students were presented with gifts and good wishes as they prepare to enter the oil and gas industry.
“Congratulations to all the students. I know the trials and tribulations that you have gone through. It is a lot of work, but there are some real success stories sitting in this room,” said Jeff Lekstrom, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships at NLC. “And now that you have completed this training, nobody can take the knowledge you have gained away from you.”
Lekstrom thanked several industry and community partners, without whom this program would not have been possible. Funding and other support throughout the 10-month long program came from Spectra Energy, Encana Corporation, and the Northeast Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (NEASEP).
“Without these partners, companies taking people on practicum, this program would not have been as successful as it has been,” said Lekstrom.
Representatives from the partner organizations brought greetings to the graduates, congratulating them on their perseverance and teamwork, and reminding them of the opportunities that exist. Chief Kathi Dickie, Fort Nelson First Nation, and Todd Osborne, acting mayor, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality also congratulated the students.
The special intake of the Power Engineering program was designed to give residents of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality priority opportunity to complete training and find work in the expanding field of natural gas exploration in the Fort Nelson area.
Students received training in 4th Class Power Engineering, 160 hours of firing time on the NLC boiler at the College’s Fort St. John Campus, and all four levels of Gas Process Operations. They also qualified for the BC Safety Authority Provincial Examinations by successfully completing Parts A and B of the 4th Class Power Engineering program.
For NLC, this was the second major programming partnership in Fort Nelson in the past three years. In 2009, NLC partnered with the Horn River Basin Shale Gas Producers Group to train 16 Fort Nelson-area residents as oil and gas field operators.
The graduating class in Power Engineering and
Gas Processing at the Fort Nelson Campus.