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New SETI Facility

With great anticipation, Southeast Regional College officially opened its new Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute (SETI) facility in Estevan’s Glen Peterson Industrial Park on May 25, 2012. This state-ofthe-art campus will provide the capacity to deliver specialized safety training and skill development to meet the labour needs of the various energy sectors and ensure the economic growth of the industry, region, and province.

SETI Exterior - Front Entrance (top) and Lecture Theatre (bottom)

With eleven classrooms, three training labs, a computer resource room, a testing room,and a 250-seat lecture theatre, the 44,000 square-foot building offers the flexibility necessary to deliver a wide range of training. Trades programs like the pre-employment Electrician Certificate require both classroom and lab resources on a regular basis. As such, SETI’s two smaller 2,416 square-foot labs provide the shop space for the hands-on practical training, with adjoining classrooms for theory discussion. Computer labs and dedicated classrooms are also available for full-time academic programssuch as Power Engineering Technician, Office Education, and others designed for career advancement in the energy sector.  

Increased capacity also accommodates the added need for specialized industry-related safety training courses during peak training times. The increased classroom space is a welcome advantage to meet the student numbers tha tare expected to increase in conjunction with the surge of oil and gas activity in the Bakken area. Furthermore, the large three storey 4,882 square-foo ttraining lab can accommodate SETI’s mobile Fall Arrest and Confined Space simulators, providing the comfort of training indoors.

SETI Lecture Theatre (top) and Classroom (bottom)

The building also showcases a large circular 250-seat lecturetheatre with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors thatcan open into the expansive lounge. Two 70-inch plasma screens accompany a 20-foot wide projection screen and sound system that can accommodate large groups, industry-related events, or educational events.  Although SETI programming has always been highly recognized and valued, employers are very enthusiastic about the benefits of having a new facility. With a local training option, employees can avoid the time, expense, and safety hazards associated with travelling out-of-province for specialized courses. Furthermore, SETI’s commitment to flexible and innovative programming will provide a highly educated workforce to advance technologies within the various energy sectors and meet the labour demands within the economy.

The SETI project broke ground in November 2009 with funding from Canada’s Economic Action Plan and the Federal Knowledge Infrastructure Plan. With this new facility and over twenty years of experience in industry training, Southeast Regional College and the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute are positioned to attract and serve a variety of learners. It truly is an exciting time for energy training and education in southeast Saskatchewan!

The Saskatchewan EnergyTraining Institute is located at 532 Bourquin Road in Estevan.  Photos courtesy of Brian Zinchuk, Pipeline News.