KPU trades campus receives investment from Ministry for new equipment

Mon, Jan 21, 2013


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LabVolt Electromechanical Trainer – electromechanical trainers teach students to connect different types of rotating machines into electrical circuits and examine what happens to these rotating machines as different levels and types of loads are connected to the electrical circuit.

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January 22, 2013

KPU trades campus receives investment from Ministry for new equipment

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has received a $733,006 investment from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology, to purchase equipment for its Cloverdale trades campus.

“This money will be directed to purchase much needed equipment to allow KPU students to practice their skills on their journey to become trades professionals,” said Henry Reiser, dean, faculty of trades and technology. “The new equipment has been identified by our dedicated faculty who will be able to maximize the benefit in their true-to-life practical exercises.”

“Under the BC Jobs Plan and our Skills and Training Plan, we’re taking action to provide students with opportunities for hands-on experience, which will help them to succeed after graduation,” said John Yap, minister of advanced education, innovation and technology. “Our investment will help to develop skilled graduates who are job-ready when they enter the workforce.”

With this funding KPU is now able to update its facilities with more current equipment to address student needs, and meet the demands for skilled professionals in today’s workforce.  A number of items have been purchased, such as:

  • geo thermal training system (plumbing)
  • (LabVolt) electromechanical trainer (electrical)  
  • submerged arc welding equipment (welding)
  • hydraulic circuit board (millwright)
  • scan tools (automotive service technician)  
  • welding robotic simulators (welding)
  • laser alignment equipment (millwright)

All purchased equipment will be on campus, ready for student use by March 31, 2013.

KPU’s faculty of trades and technology offers leading-edge trades and technology programs, including: appliance servicing, automotive service technician, carpentry, CADD technologies, electrical, farrier, masonry, metal fabrication, millwright, parts and warehousing, plumbing, public safety communications and welding. For more information please visit: 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from more than 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


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