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The recent $8 billion Federal shipbuilding contract landed by west coast-based Seaspan Marine Corp. is good news for Camosun College and its students.

“Camosun has been working behind the scenes for many months preparing for this announcement,” says Tom Roemer, Camosun’s Vice President of Strategic Development. “We have a very close working relationship with the marine industry on the west coast. The marine industry employs a considerable number of our trades apprentices. They also hire co-op students and graduates from a number of our other programs including engineering and environmental technologies. Our close location to DND, Esquimalt Graving Dock, and Victoria Shipyards, makes us an ideal partner for training students.”

Camosun currently trains over 1,250 trades apprentices and foundation students each year in marine-related trades and another 1,000 more students in related engineering technology programs.

“Since the initial announcement by the Premier earlier this summer, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in metal-related trades such as Welding, Sheet Metal & Metal Fabrication, and Pipefitting - trades that are vital in the shipbuilding industry,” adds Ray Fischer, Chair of Camosun’s Metal Trades programs. “While we are working on additional specific marine programs to help serve this growing sector, we will increase intake capacity in our existing shipbuilding trades to meet the job demand.”

Camosun offers many vital marine-related programs

“It takes all kinds of trades and technologies to build ships,” Fischer adds. “Those interested in getting into shipbuilding as a career should know that Camosun already offers Welding, Sheet Metal, Metal Fabrication, Pipefitting, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Carpentry, Electrical and many other related trades. We also offer Mechanical, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technologies as well as Environmental Engineering Technology.”

Camosun College has been the region’s leading provider of trades training for more than 40 years. We are the Island’s largest provider of trades and apprenticeship training, and the second-largest provider of technology graduates in the province. Camosun graduates are in demand in all industry sectors.


For application information on marine-related trades, apprenticeship and engineering training programs contact Camosun Enrolment Services, 250-370-3550.

For industry and employer inquiries, please contact Camosun’s School of Trades and Technology, 250-370-4030 or 250-370-4829.

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Last updated: October 24, 2011 3:59 pm

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