Technology Accreditation Canada Accredits Instrumentation Engineering Technology Program at NAIT

16, Jun, 2017

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) today presented the faculty at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) with a certificate recognizing national program accreditation for the institution’s Instrumentation Engineering Technology program for a five year period. 

TAC accreditation involves a qualified, trained audit team evaluating NAIT’s program against the profession’s national standards. Achieving accreditation provides students, parents and the institution’s administration confidence that the program has met the standards. 

Program Chair, Andy van der Veen, B.Sc, P.Eng. and his team presented the program to lead auditor Patrick Coulthard, AScT (Saskatchewan), auditors Negar Malek, C.E.T. (Alberta) and Kai Ma, P.Ag. (Alberta) and auditor-in-training Jason Marshall, C.E.T. (Alberta). The audit team commended the program for accommodating students in a flexible and responsible manner, with the implementation of “Open Studies. As well, the team noted program strengths include excellent instructor engagement and availability, dedicated English and technical resources for the capstone project and strong support from alumni. 

“As a national leader in the accreditation of engineering technology and applied science educational programs, TAC congratulates NAIT’s Instrumentation Engineering Technology program on being the first of their programs to be accredited,” remarks Peter Portlock, TAC Board of Directors Chair.  “TAC accreditation provides assurance to students and their families, faculty, industry and government that the accredited program is relevant, aligning with today’s industry and technology profession standards, and making graduates of the program highly employable.”

“NAIT, the School of Applied Sciences and Technology and those within our Instrumentation Engineering Technology program are proud to receive this national accreditation, which reflects the quality of our facilities, faculty and staff,” states Stewart Cook, Dean. “We now look forward to continuing our work with TAC and expanding our list of accredited programs.”

The process of accreditation is recognized worldwide as an objective method of assessment and an important tool to identify program strengths and challenges. It also provides faculty an excellent team-building opportunity. This independent seal of approval, represents excellence in education and the high standards of the profession graduates will be joining.

About TAC

Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive a quality education that meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit technologyaccreditation.ca.

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades.  With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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Contacts:
Richard Stamper
Executive Director
t: 416-847-1016, ext. 254
rstamper@technologyaccreditation.ca

Marta Gold
NAIT Media Relations
t: 780.378.6936 c: 780.916.8307 
media@nait.ca 

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