Online delivery option introduced for two in-demand SAIT programs
Online learning is growing at SAIT. Energy Asset Management and Non-Destructive Testing are just two programs ramping up distance delivery to meet high industry demand.
SAIT's Energy Asset Management (EAM) diploma program was a game-changer when it debuted in 2009 — the first in North America to bring an interdisciplinary focus to the business side of the oil and gas industry. This month it soared to the next level with the launch of online delivery.
The move opens up this unique training to people regardless of their geographic location.
EAM focuses on the five primary disciplines in the business end of oil and gas operations — joint venture, mineral and surface land management, well asset management, operations accounting and production accounting. The program was designed in partnership with the Centre for Energy Asset Management Studies.
All five courses in the program's first semester are available online. In January, online delivery will expand to second-semester courses. Another intake of first-semester courses also happens in January, giving students the flexibility to start in winter or fall.
McCormick says the online curriculum offers a rich experience.
"All learning assessments are online, and there will be interactivity between students and instructors as well as between students and the learning materials. "It also involves scenario-based learning where students receive input from peers and instructors."
SAIT's most recent graduate employment survey found EAM graduates of 2013 earn a median salary of $50,000 in training-related full-time employment.
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) — identification of potential mechanical or structural failures through inspection and reporting — is a vital component of many industries. For close to 30 years, SAIT has led the way in technician training. Both a full-time 15-week NDT Foundations program and online part-time study are available.
February 2015 will see the program expand to offer a blended format.
NDT Foundations covers all five NDT testing methods — liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, radiography, and Eddy Current. SAIT's state-of-the-art testing facilities are part of the recently built $400 million Trades and Technology Complex. Resources include a dedicated Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) testing centre. The CGSB is the national certifying body for NDT technicians.
SAIT's latest graduate employment survey shows 95 per cent of NDT graduates from 2013 are employed. The median annual salary for those in training-related employment is $71,000.
Cunningham says demand is expected to remain strong in the energy, aviation, utilities, construction and manufacturing industries. "NDT can be a very rewarding career for someone who has good attention to detail, is methodical, and who enjoys frequent travel and flexible hours as that's often the nature of the employment."
SAIT is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,000 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, the Top Research College in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.