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SAIT's Tool Belt

In 1916 The Provincial Institute of Technology and Art officially opened its doors in the Colonel Walker School with seven staff members. Equipment took as long as seven months to arrive as the war was going on. The first motor mechanics class began with only a donated automobile and motorcycle for its six students to learn on.

The Tractor and Automotive class of 1918 in front of the Colonel Walker School.Gifts of equipment have been an important part of SAIT’s history in providing hands on learning for students. 

SAIT students use many tools in pursuit of their applied education — computers, gauges, table saws, cameras and a host of others. Excellence in SAIT’s unique approach to education relies on some extremely impressive educational equipment in what you might call SAIT’s “great big tool belt.”

Extraordinary tools required

In 2015 donors provided SAIT with extraordinary tools.

We received a Cessna 560 Citation Ultra corporate jet from Wayne Henuset, owner of Willow Park Wines and Spirits and his business partner Richard Stewart, founder of Visions Electronics. The $2.5 million plane is used by instructors to teach students in a variety of aeronautics classes.

“It’s a practical tool for instructors to use that will help students when they work in their industry,“ says Henuset, who also helped SAIT create Jackson’s Memorial Culinary Garden in memory of his grandson.

Video: New tools for student success.

MacPhail School of Energy students have some powerful computer tools at their disposal thanks to donations from two software companies. SAIT’s partnership with ACM Facility Safety™ means Instrumentation Technology students are learning with state-of-the-art safety system analysis software.

Students in the school’s Hydrocarbon Measurement Certificate program also have new software helping them gain in-demand skills. PIDE Solutions Group is supplying SAIT with its Piper 2.0 software, a drawing and design platform that supports measurement and reporting requirements for the upstream oil and gas sector.

The School of Transportation needs cars and, thanks to three Calgary companies, students in the Auto Body Technicians program have a lot to work with. Donors have provided SAIT with eight late model cars. They’re all hail damaged, but instead of sending them to the wrecker, AMA Insurance, Intact Insurance and The Co-operators have turned over the keys to our instructors for the benefit of SAIT students.