TAC Renews Mining Engineering Technology Accreditation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

March 18, 2021
In tribute of National Engineering Month, on March 15th, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) celebrated with students, faculty and staff at Saskatchewan Polytechnic accreditation renewal of the institution’s Mining Engineering Technology program. National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the program’s labs and student support services.  

The team of lead auditor Scott McDonald, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan) and auditors Imed Jouini, C.E.T. (Alberta), Joy Brown, C.E.T. (Nova Scotia) and Patrick Jolicoeur, C.E.T. (Manitoba) noted 
faculty are dedicated to student success as evidenced with the support provided during COVID-19 and after graduation with forwarding job and networking opportunities. Graduates interviewed are fully prepared to work remotely, have successfully transitioned to online course delivery and possess tool familiarity. The audit team commended the excellent technology report process, which is supported by communication instructors who receive regular progress updates from students. Faculty are assigned to assist students based on their expertise and project sponsors are invited to the presentations.

“Congratulations to the Mining Engineering Technology program being the first at Sask Polytech to have its accreditation renewed,” commented Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “This significant achievement demonstrates a commitment to students and industry, delivering a program which meets the current standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession.”

“Saskatchewan Polytechnic is very pleased, once again, our Mining Engineering program meets the expectation and rigor of the TAC Accreditation process and is recognized by the International Engineering Alliance under the Sydney Accord”, remarked Jamie Hilts, Dean, School of Mining, Energy, and Manufacturing and School of Natural Resources and Built Environment. “Further to this, the commitment and effort by faculty and related staff during the COVID-19 pandemic to complete the process was truly commendable”.  

Achieving national program accreditation provides students, industry and the educational institution confidence the program has met defined standards. Accreditation also affords graduates an expedited path to professional certification through Technology Professionals Saskatchewan and provincial certifying bodies across Canada, in addition to, academic credential recognition in the signatory countries of the Sydney Accord under the International Engineering Alliance.

About TAC
As the national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive the highest quality education which meets the profession’s national educational standards. For more information about TAC, visit technologyaccreditation.ca.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Visit saskpolytech.ca for more information. 

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Program Head, Danielle Faris (far right) and students from the Mining Engineering Technology program
with the program’s accreditation certificate