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As the new Chair of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board, I would like to take this chance to thank the staff and countless volunteers who make the accreditation of Engineering Technology programs possible throughout Canada. Without their help, it would not be possible to maintain the high standards of quality assurance granted by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board to professional education programs.
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NBCC alumna's research project places second in national competition

An NBCC alumna’s research project, which enabled her to water her garden perfectly according to various conditions, placed second in a national applied research contest held annually by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). Megan Scott’s project, titled “Irrigation Pump Control System,” was awarded with a prize of $500 and she is second NBCC graduate in a row to place in the top three. “I wanted to have a system that could control the watering of my garden by monitoring daylight conditions, rainfall amounts, and so on,” she said. “I designed the project myself completely and didn’t have a schematic or template that I was working from.” She estimates the project, which started in December 2013 and was finished by the end of May 2014, took hundreds of hours in addition to her regular course load as part of her senior project lab.
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Experts needed to develop new Welding Engineering Technology criteria

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) is seeking the input of experienced individuals (Academic / Industry) in the creation of a new National Benchmark for Welding Engineering Technology.

According to CTAB Chair, Bryan Burt, “we have identified a need for a stand-alone set of criteria for Welding Technology programs. So far, we have confirmed interest from NBCC and SAIT which is a great start”.

Committee work will take place over the next 3-6 months and a draft NTB expected by October 2015.

For more information contact: I. J. LeBlond, President & CEO, at 1-800-891-1140 x 224 Email: ileblond@cctt.ca

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