MacLean, Cambrian College establish training, research partnership for mining

By Chad Elmore20 January 2021

MacLean Research and Training Facility to be site of industrial battery electric vehicle maintenance training, on-vehicle technology development accelerator

MacLean Engineering, a Canadian manufacturer of underground mining vehicles, has partnered with Sudbury, Ontario’s Cambrian College to support skills and technology development for the electric, automated and digitalized mine of today and tomorrow. The mining company’s underground research, training and demonstration facility in Greater Sudbury will the practical component of Cambrian’s Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Course. Cambrian’s curriculum, developed in part with MacLean technical input, is designed for heavy-duty technicians currently working in the mining sector.

MacLean and Cambrian College

The Cambrian-MacLean strategic skills and technology partnership will focus on the training of heavy-duty mechanics to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleets. It will also support the development of the next generation of mechatronics workers in the mining industry by providing Cambrian students with the opportunity to work directly with the MacLean Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) team based at the company’s Research and Training Facility.

“Practical training for BEV mechanics and applied research opportunities for the next generation of mechatronics professionals to facilitate the adoption of on-vehicle technology – these are concrete examples of MacLean leveraging its test decline in Greater Sudbury to make a difference in the industry,” said Stella Holloway, general manager for Northern Ontario Operations, MacLean. “This is a chance for us to walk the talk when it comes to ramping up our research and training facility to actively support long-term, positive change in mining and I’m thrilled that we’re doing this in partnership with Cambrian.”

In addition to delivering corporate training courses, Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining is the only federally recognized Technology Access Centre specific to the mining technology sector, with funding to support technology development and acceleration.

“Successful innovation depends on great collaboration, and I think this partnership with MacLean is a perfect example,” said Stephen Gravel, manager of Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining. “No single educational institution or company can drive change entirely on its own, but rather it’s a spirit of cooperation that will help us drive innovation in mining of the 21st century and that’s why I’m confident we’ll succeed.”

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