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Trades training – don’t forget the buses

College of New Caledonia student Ryan Bachand gives Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark a demonstration of a hydrostatic transmission training simulator in the new mechanical trades building. Bill Phillips photo
An open letter to the College of New Caledonia regarding the new heavy duty mechanical trades facility

I have recently been in contact with the local school board and the ITA in developing exposure to the bus industry and the unique technology that makes modern buses function.

I work with the maintenance of multiple types of bus fleets and mixed technology under PW Transit in Prince George. Past experience has shown that young people thinking about choosing a career path often don’t think about, or pass over the bus industry because it sounds boring, or simplistic. This perception couldn’t be further from reality.

Modern urban buses are full of PLC controlled electronics, CAN networks and automation. Also, the next ten years of urban transit buses in British Columbia will see alternate fuels become reality, first Compressed Natural Gas, and shortly after, all electric buses.

I would like to open a dialog on how we can improve the awareness of this field of work, and the career opportunities that exist within.

In the past (previous organization), I have hosted student groups from high schools and technical trades schools, and showcased the high tech side of the bus industry, including alternate fuels, electric propulsion and computer based diagnostic systems. I would be willing to host a field trip to our facility or even bring a bus to a school for demonstration to those who are interested.

Please contact me directly by phone or email if there is any opportunity to develop this concept further.

The new facility looks great!

Director Of Maintenance PW Transit

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