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The future is electric: Cambrian training technicians on battery-powered industrial vehicles -

The future is electric: Cambrian training technicians on battery-powered industrial vehicles

The future of mining is battery-powered and Cambrian College is helping lead the way. 

The use of Industrial battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is increasing in modern mining, and the industry needs skilled workers to implement and maintain this new technology. 

Cambrian’s latest Corporate Training course will ensure those employees already working in mining can obtain that expertise and qualifications in Greater Sudbury.

“An often overlooked, yet critical component, in the adoption of new techniques and technologies in the mining sector is ensuring the workforce is adequately trained,” said Stephen Gravel, manager of Cambrian R&D’s Centre for Smart Mining, in a press release.

“A major barrier to getting new technologies like BEVs into mines is the lack of familiarity and comfort among heavy duty equipment technicians in the field. The Centre for Smart Mining is looking to address this problem through targeted technology upskilling in a number of important high-tech areas; the first of which being BEVs.”

The BEV training course is being delivered by Cambrian’s Corporate Training division in partnership with the College’s Centre for Smart Mining, which is part of Cambrian R&D, the college’s applied research division. The course is designed specifically for heavy duty equipment technicians employed in the mining sector.

The course begins online this fall and will be led by a qualified instructor. On-campus in-person learning opportunities are expected to be available in the future as activities fully resume on the College’s campus. Those looking to upgrade their skillset will gain much needed industry knowledge through four modules:

  • Fundamentals of Battery Electric Vehicle Safety
  • Introduction to Battery Electric Mobile Equipment
  • Introduction to Battery Electric Vehicle Communication and Troubleshooting
  • Practical Battery Electric Vehicle Training

“At Cambrian, we’re committed to keeping up with the latest industry trends and making sure our courses are meeting demands in real time,” explains Cambrian College’s president, Bill Best. “The advancements in mining, especially with innovation and the shift to battery electric vehicles is just one area where we are the premier destination for those looking to upgrade their skills to be ready for the jobs that just didn’t exist a few short years ago.”

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