Spartan Controls $1.015M donation supports students, strengthens Saskatchewan Polytechnic engineering programs

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Image credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Generous donation enhances Instrumentation Engineering Technology and Power Engineering Technology programs

September 17, 2019 – Spartan Controls’ $1.015 million donation to Saskatchewan Polytechnic will support student success. Over the next 10 years, new equipment will be provided to continuously update the Instrumentation Engineering Technology and Power Engineering Technology training labs with leading edge technology.

“Spartan Controls is a long-standing partner of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and our Instrumentation Engineering Technology program,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “We are proud of this relationship and are delighted Spartan Controls has expanded their support into the Power Engineering Technology program. Thank you to Spartan Controls for your generosity and continued investment in our students.”

Spartan’s donation includes servicing and supports for the new equipment and training services at Moose Jaw and Saskatoon campuses to ensure students, faculty and staff are up to date on the newest technology and trends that are happening in industry.

A portion of the gift is designated to continue to support student awards. The Spartan Controls student awards program will provide recognition and support to students who are leaders in the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program, are achieving academic success and have a financial need.

“Spartan Controls is extremely proud to have the opportunity to continue our support of Sask Polytech. We have had a strong relationship with Sask Polytech for many years and look forward to the future,” says Grant Wilde, Spartan Controls president and CEO. “In the Industrial Automation sector, the technologies and trends change very rapidly. Our commitment will help to ensure that students, faculty and staff are exposed and trained on the latest technologies, products, and solutions. Having this exposure helps to ensure graduates are ready to significantly contribute to their future employers success. Our support also provides Spartan with the opportunity to work with future leaders and even future Spartans.”

Spartan Controls began supporting Instrumentation Engineering Technology student awards in 1972. The partnership evolved over the years and in 2007 the Instrumentation Engineering Technology lab was renamed the Spartan Controls Centre for Instrumentation Technology. Like many Sask Polytech industry partners, Spartan Controls is part of a Program Advisory Committee (PAC). PACs provide constant input into current opportunities and challenges faced by industry and help ensure curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of employers.

Today’s donation from Spartan Controls will ensure future students in the Instrumentation and Power Engineering programs have access to the most up to date industry equipment to enhance their applied learning opportunities.

About Spartan Controls: Spartan Controls is the recognized leading provider of industrial automation, valves, measurement and process control solutions and services for process industries in Western Canada. For over 55 years, Spartan has provided Customers with high performance automation solutions, industry expertise, lifecycle support, and technical training – delivering value our Customers want. Our automation solutions are used in all process industries including oil and gas, oil sands, mining, pulp and paper, power, pipeline, and municipal. With our employees (referred to as Spartans!) living and working in 14 communities across Western Canada, we are dedicated to providing exceptional Customer experiences where expertise and collaboration come together.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Sask Polytech serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.