Siemens trains UNB students in smart grid technology
October 1, 2019
Technology giant Siemens is helping students at Canada’s University of New Brunswick (UNB) train for smart grid and cyber-security jobs when they graduate.
This is part of a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Canada that will see UNB becomes an official partner in a dual educational programme under the Siemens Canada Engineering & Technology Academy (Sceta).
The programme recruits students, starting one year before they graduate, who then complement their engineering and technology studies with Siemens expertise. The methodology-based programme provides hands-on technical skills and strategic business competencies relevant to the North American market.
UNB is the first university in Atlantic Canada to become a partner in this Siemens initiative. Select graduates of the 16-month programme are offered full-time positions with Siemens.
“UNB and Siemens have enjoyed a strong relationship for many years, recognising the need for highly skilled jobs in engineering, manufacturing and research,” said Paul Mazerolle, UNB president and vice-chancellor. “This MoU will allow UNB students a unique experience training for their future careers while on the job with Siemens, expanding their skills and growing our province’s workforce.”
Students are paid a salary during the programme and, upon graduation, receive a tuition credit.
“The Sceta partnership further expands the on-going relationship between UNB and Siemens, and our activities in Atlantic Canada,” said Siemens Canada president and CEO Faisal Kazi. “We share a vision for the future of education, offering a unique opportunity to some of UNB’s best and brightest engineering minds. Sceta applies an innovative learning model ensuring graduates are work-ready in the fast-changing fields of engineering and technology. As Siemens employees, these students will have the opportunity to make significant contributions in innovative areas like smart grid and cyber security. Together we will be implementing a programme which will be key to increasing New Brunswick’s competitiveness on a global scale.”
The programme will help students learn about innovation and technology, develop professional and interpersonal skills, acquire business knowledge, and expand their professional network.
“The Sceta programme provides a significant experiential learning opportunity for engineering students who opt to enrol in our co-op programme,” said Chris Diduch, dean of engineering at UNB. “Those students who are selected will enhance their educational qualifications by working with the leading-edge experts in one of the world's foremost engineering and technology companies, and upon graduation will have the professional and workplace skills to start a successful career.”
The UNB is Canada's oldest English-language university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history and a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. UNB has more than 10,500 students from nearly 100 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.