Taking Trades to the next level

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MechatronicsThe recent boom in construction and trades hasn’t slowed down, and neither has the need for qualified tradespeople. The BC Labour Market Outlook notes that positions in the trades are expected to count for over 10% of labour market demand through to 2020. With many occupations in the industry offering competitive wages and low unemployment rates, there’s no better time to pursue a formal education and training in this growing sector.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Trades and Technology offers foundation training, in school apprenticeship levels, and undergraduate technology programs at the university’s dedicated trades and tech campus in Cloverdale. Housing workshops, labs, farrier barns, and more, students are supported as they acquire the theory and hands-on skills they need to be successful.

The Faculty of Trades and Technology includes a range of programs including electrical, carpentry, welding, plumbing, farriery, masonry, automotive mechanics, appliance servicing, and more. Unlike other post-secondary programs, many programs in the trades can be completed in a few months, allowing individuals to put their skills to work quickly. After completing select trades programs, students may also go on to write exams and pursue their Red Seal—the industry standard of excellence in trades in Canada.

New this fall, KPU has launched a mechatronics diploma program. Combining technology, engineering, and electronics, the program is focused on preparing students for a range of evolving positions in manufacturing, crossing industries like agriculture, biotechnology, and telecommunications.

To learn more about these, and other trades and technology programs, visit kpu.ca/trades or contact the Future Students’ Office at study@kpu.ca

For more than 30 years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has provided students with the skills they need for the careers they want. Why stop at theory, when you can also harness the power of experience? Launch your career and make a positive impact on your community with experiential learning at KPU: where thought meets action.