On April 8, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) celebrated with faculty, staff and program advisory committee members the accreditation renewal of the Mining Engineering Technology program at Cambrian College. National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the programs’ labs and student support services.


The audit team of lead Auditor Christine Ross, P.Tech. (AB) and auditors Sandra Smith, C.E.T. (ON), Ryan Armstrong, C.E.T. (AB) and David Burke, C.E.T (NL) were impressed with the faculty’s level of support transitioning to online program delivery due to COVID-19.   With respect to program strengths, employers noted students have excellent writing skills and strong health and safety knowledge. Alumni indicated the curriculum is relevant, delivering solid AutoCAD and Excel proficiency, and teamwork skills are developed with project work. Students participate in field school at local facilities, including the MacLean test site and the NORCAT Fecunis underground training facility.


“We congratulate Katherine Bruce, Program Coordinator and her team on the Mining program’s successful accreditation renewal” comments Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “This achievement demonstrates a commitment to delivering a high quality program which meets the standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession.”


“We’re very pleased to have our accreditation renewed for the Mining Engineering Technology Program,” says Joanne MacLellan, Dean of Cambrian College’s Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology, and Environmental Studies. “It validates that our program and hands-on curriculum meets the requirements of our industry partners and that our graduates have the credentials required for successful careers in the mining industry.”


Achieving national program accreditation provides students, industry and the educational institution confidence the program has met defined standards. Accreditation also affords graduates an expedited path to certification through Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and provincial certifying bodies across Canada, in addition to, academic credential recognition in the signatory countries of the Sydney Accord under the International Engineering Alliance.



Katherine Bruce, Mining Engineering Technology Program Coordinator (centre)

with students, Andrew McKillop and Jake Nadon, holding TAC national program accreditation certificate


About TAC

Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive the highest quality education which meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit technologyaccreditation.ca.


About Cambrian

Cambrian College is the largest college in northern Ontario, offering more than 80 full-time programs across diverse fields of study. The College provides hands-on learning opportunities, flexible study options, and hundreds of agreements that enable its more than 4,200 students to build their credentials. Through accredited programs, strong industry connections, and comprehensive support services, students are well-prepared for dynamic careers. To learn more about everything that Cambrian has to offer, visit cambriancollege.ca.

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