The new Industrial Training and Technology Centre (ITTC) gives TRU the space to offer training for the in-demand technology and trades jobs of today and tomorrow to hundreds of future TRU students.
At 5,344 square metres, the facility allows for an increase of 550 full time equivalent (FTE) student spaces in TRU’s industrial trades and technology programs, including new industrial process technician, power engineering, HVAC/refrigeration technician and machinist trades programs not currently offered.
Supported by over $20 million in federal and provincial funding, the project officially broke ground on Feb. 9 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. “Industry support for these new programs was critical in receiving approval for the business case for the new facility,” said Dean of Trades and Technology Baldev Pooni.
The new building will also provide space for electrical and industrial electrician programs. Renovations to the existing Trades and Technology building are also planned to accommodate other new programs and expand student services. Third-year electrical apprentice Justin Trodd was an eager participant at the ground-breaking ceremony.
“The addition of this new trades building will improve our labs and classrooms, and will provide a much-needed expansion of the programing at TRU so that more students like myself can come here, enjoy this beautiful city, and learn from some of the very best in a space that directly reflects the quality of education that we are all looking for,” he said.