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Trades and Technology Complex

The Trades and Technology Complex is the largest campus expansion in SAIT history. It allows more students every year to further their passions for skill-based training, primarily in the areas of energy, construction and manufacturing.

Students in the School of Manufacturing and Automation take many of their courses in the classrooms and labs inside the buildings that make up the new complex. 

Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre
Energy Centre
Aldred Centre
Aldred Centre
Cenovus Energy Centre
Cenovus Energy Centre


Gene Haas Foundation LabsStudent working in Gene Haas Foundation lab

SAIT received a $1 million (US) contribution from the Gene Haas Foundation in support of applied education in Alberta to create the labs. Funding further strengthens SAIT and the Foundation's shared goal of training excellence in manufacturing and automation now and into the future.

As part of the School Manufacturing and Automation, these new project-based labs contain our state-of-the-art, industry-standard, computer-numerical-control (CNC) machining equipment. 

Machinists set up and operate precision equipment for the production of a variety of components and assemblies for a multitude of industries, such as aerospace, oil and gas, transportation and manufacturing.

Machinists apprentices and technicians will learn skills for this challenging and rewarding trade, including machining, machine set-up, blueprint reading, process planning, design validation, precision measurement, metallurgy and heat treatment.

Crane and Ironworker FacilityCrane and hoist students onsite

SAIT received a $5.35 million operating grant over five years from Alberta Advanced Education to build a customized training facility that houses SAIT's world-class applied learning labs for Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom TruckCrane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane and Ironworker Apprentice programs.

This impressive new 2,812-square-metre facility houses the largest array of crane simulators in North America, includes a fully functioning crane and maintenance shop and a laydown yard equipped with boom trucks and mobile cranes, and houses classrooms, meeting and study spaces and instructor workspaces. 

Onsite, apprentices operate the hoist and swing equipment used to move machinery, materials and other large objects. Mobile crane operators service and operate booms that are mounted on crawlers or wheeled frames as well as travelling, fixed or climbing type hoisting equipment with a vertical mast or tower and a jib. They may also drive the crane to the job site, rig the machine up and set up the machine for the lift using blocking and levelling materials.

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