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Natural Resources Canada's CANMETMaterials lab welcomes Mohawk students

Mohawk students are getting hands-on, real-world experience through a partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the CANMETMaterials research centre in Hamilton.

CANMETMaterials is Canada’s largest research centre dedicated to the fabrication, processing and evaluation of metals and materials.

It’s also where Engineering Technology students run experiments in the research centre’s foundry and learn from Government of Canada scientists and technologists, including Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient Peter Newcombe.

Mohawk students are the only students in the country with access to CANMETMaterials’ foundry lab.

President Ron McKerlie
“Mohawk College is proud to work with our partners at CanmetMATERIALS to give our students a unique opportunity to further develop their technical skills in a world-class facility.”
President Ron McKerlie

The partnership was formally launched on Monday, Feb. 8 by Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources. The foundry casting course will be co-delivered by Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) CanmetMATERIALS laboratory and Mohawk College. It will support the training of highly qualified personnel in the technical field of casting and the next generation of professionals who will contribute to Canada’s manufacturing sector.

Also on Monday, Mohawk President Ron McKerlie presented NRCan with a plaque honoring the late Archie McCoy, an accomplished foundryman and community leader. The plaque was relocated to CANMET after being on display at the Fennell Campus for more than 16 years.

FAST FACTS (source: Natural Resources Canada)

  • Casting is an essential first step in the value-added chain of manufacturing, and foundries contribute nearly $900 million to Canada’s gross domestic product each year.
  • Established in the 1940s, NRCan’s CanmetMATERIALS laboratory is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated to metals and materials processing, fabrication and evaluation.
  • Since NRCan’s CanmetMATERIALS’ move to Hamilton in 2010, the lab has strengthened ties and increased engagement with industry and academia to better facilitate the transfer of knowledge and accelerate the pace of commercialization.
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Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.