The Motive Power Centre of Excellence is proof of the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The collaboration between industry, academia and government has resulted in a world-class learning centre where students reap the benefits of experienced instructors in a modern facility that houses some of the most technologically advanced learning tools available. The partnership provides a good example of the success that can be achieved when the efforts of many are harnessed to a common goal.
The Centre is a win for everyone involved. For the Province of BC, it fulfills a part of the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint commitment to educate and train a highly skilled workforce; for BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Vancouver Community College (VCC), it solves the problem of outdated and cramped space and provides the means with which to teach the next generation; for industry — such as MAN Diesel and Turbo — it ensures a trained workforce for years to come; and for students, it is the assurance of a career for life.
Photo above: Russell Oye stands next to the medium speed turbo diesel engine donated to the Motive Power Centre of Excellence by MAN Diesel & Turbo. Photo by BC Shipping News.
The Motive Power Centre of Excellence, with a footprint of 13,192 square metres located on Annacis Island, offers training for heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, commercial transport mechanics, railway conductors, and forklift operators. With $13.5 million provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education (plus a one-time grant of $4.5 million to cover relocation furniture, fixtures and equipment expenses for BCIT and VCC), the $24.5-million facility has also received great support from industry who have donated products like engines. Most notable among the industry donations is the MAN 48/60 medium speed turbo diesel engine from MAN Diesel and Turbo Canada at an estimated value of $1.3 million plus shipping costs.