BC Centre of Training Excellence in Oil & Gas

This industry training centre provides hands-on learning opportunities through the Simulated Well Site Training facility, along with a full-sized drilling rig donated by Nabors Canada. The facility is based at the $12 million Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre. It is designed to address the challenges of skills training and education in the oil and gas industry on a provincial scale.


  • Opened in 2007
  • Reaffirmed by the provincial government in 2012
  • Located at the Fort St. John campus

This training centre prepares students to enter the oil and gas industry and support the growth of BC’s economy. 

Exterior Shot of the Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre - NLC Fort St. John campus

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies

Energy House is a multi-use facility that produces all its energy needs through solar panels, biomass, and geoexchange systems. NLC offers a Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program taught in Energy House. Students learn the theory supporting wind turbines and the practical maintenance procedures required to maintain turbine output.


  • Opened in 2011
  • Received LEED® Platinum certification in 2013
  • Located at the Dawson Creek campus


These are some of the many features and construction processes that contributed to Energy House’s LEED® Platinum certification by the Canada Green Building Council.

  • Half of the site area was restored with native or adaptive vegetation
  • Wastewater generated by the building has been reduced by 92%
  • No CFCs or HCFCs were used in the building
  • Recyclables are collected and stored
  • 91% of construction waste was diverted from landfill
  • 12.5% of materials were manufactured and extracted regionally
To learn more about Energy House, watch this video with Bob Haugen, former Clean Energy Coordinator at NLC.
NLC Training tower at lit up at night at Dawson Creek

Aircraft Maintenance Centre

This training facility is home to NLC’s Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. It attracts students from around the world for its helicopter type training courses. The AME program is a two-year Transport Canada accredited program that is also recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces. This provides a fast track for students who wish to pursue military careers.

For our accreditation details please see Canadian Armed Forces recognised programs.


  • Opened in 1981
  • Located at the Dawson Creek campus

Our functional and diverse fleet

Helicopters: As350, B205, B206, MB105,MD500,MD300,R44,and soon a B212
Fixed wing aircraft: Piper Aztec, Cessna 150, Cessna 175, Cessna 310, King Air 90, Jetstream 31, and a Jet Powered Westwind 1124.

Take a tour

If you’re considering attending one of the programs mentioned above and would like to tour one of our training centres, connect with us. We’d love to meet you.

Please email visit@nlc.bc.ca to schedule your visit.