UBCO’s new aerospace possibility simply took off

Conor Badovich and Pradeep Pugalendhi, each graduates from the UBC Okanagan College of Engineering, are working at KF Aerospace in Kelowna.

To satisfy the rising demand for aerospace engineers in Western Canada, UBC Okanagan’s College of Engineering is launching an aerospace possibility.

The brand new possibility shall be obtainable to manufacturing and mechanical engineering college students, explains Dr. Joshua Brinkerhoff, affiliate professor of mechanical engineering and coordinator of the aerospace possibility.

“Aerospace is a big trade in British Columbia and western Canada,” he says. “Our trade companions within the aerospace sector are in search of highly-qualified graduates with very particular expertise. This feature will present our college students with a stable basis to fulfill these necessities.”

Kelowna’s KF Aerospace has been a key accomplice in serving to information and develop the brand new program. KF Aerospace is the town’s largest non-public sector employer and presently has 25 engineering graduates.

“KF Aerospace may be very excited to have an aerospace engineering possibility at UBC Okanagan. This program will assist assist us with domestically developed expertise as we proceed to develop Canada’s main engineering companies,” stated KF’s Chief Operations Says Officer Greg Evgen. “We thank UBCO for its assist in launching a program that can assist develop the aerospace sector in Western Canada.”

The Aerospace Engineering possibility will equip college students with state-of-the-art expertise, competencies, ideas and design methodologies to coach engineers with specialised ability units in aerospace engineering.

Dr. Will Hughes, Director of the College of Engineering, says, “Our college students have a observe file of excellence in quite a lot of disciplines and we’re excited to develop our choices to search out what they’re captivated with. Huh.”

The primary consumption for the Aerospace Engineering possibility begins this fall and college students shall be required to undertake a fourth-year aerospace capstone mission earlier than finishing this system.

“Establishing a brand new possibility in aerospace engineering is a big endeavor, however based mostly on suggestions from college students, school and trade, we’re assured sooner or later horizon of this program,” says Dr. Hughes. “We will not wait to get it off the bottom, and we’re excited to introduce this new choice to our college students.”

To study extra in regards to the alternatives obtainable to college students who select this selection, go to: engineering.okay.ubc.ca/2022/01/14/grads-careers-take-flight-at-kf-aerospace

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