Lambton College officials say the donation of specialized computer systems will greatly enhance training, more than tripling the equipment available to students in the Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, and Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology programs.
The equipment donation was made by ABB, a worldwide supplier and one of the leaders in Distributed Control Systems (DCS). The fact that ABB makes a majority of the installed base of equipment in the industry increases the likelihood of students using these exact systems in workplace settings.
Last week’s gift-in-kind donation is part of the Lambton College Foundation’s Envision Tomorrow capital campaign, which was launched last June. To date, the campaign has reached $33.3 million of a $45-million goal.
The new DCS can be implemented on an assortment of physical devices, offering hands-on training on equipment that students can troubleshoot, design and configure.
Nathalie Pilon, ABB’s president and CEO for Canada, said helping the “practitioners of tomorrow with valuable hands-on experience” is consistent with the firm’s mission.
Judith Morris, Lambton College president and CEO, said the donation means “our students have access to state-of-practice equipment and that our graduates will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of industry employers.”