Technology Accreditation Canada Accredits Four Engineering Technology Programs at Okanagan College

October 25, 2018
On October 24, 2018, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) presented the faculty at Okanagan College certificates recognizing national program accreditation for the college’s Civil Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Water Engineering Technology programs.

Each of the programs audited revealed highly engaged faculty committed to student success. Employers and alumni interviewed acknowledged that all programs deliver broad curriculum which provides graduates with employment opportunities in various sectors of their respective industries. Audit teams (see below) noted that students enter the workplace with strong technical, problem solving and time management skills and a solid awareness of health and healthy practices. 

“TAC congratulates Okanagan College on its exemplary leadership with four programs accredited,” remarked Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director.  “This significant achievement demonstrates the college’s commitment to its students, faculty, industry and government and signifies that the program aligns with the current standards of the profession.”

In addition, accreditation provides a streamlined pathway towards professional certification as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T), through the Association of Technicians and Technologists of British Columbia (ASTTBC). 

“This new national accreditation re-affirms for our students that the knowledge and skills they’re acquiring at the College meet the highest standards and are valued by employers,” says Yvonne Moritz, Okanagan College’s Dean of Science, Technology and Health. “And the expedited path to becoming a certified technician or technologist through ASTTBC ensures our students will continue to step into their industries quickly – and well prepared – after graduation.”

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Left to right: Yvonne Moritz (Dean, Science, Technologies & Health), Reg Marte (Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology), Ken Langedyk (Chair and Professor, Civil Engineering Technology), David Williams (Chair and Professor, Electronics Engineering Technology), Allison MacMillan (Chair and Professor, Water Engineering Technology), Richard Stamper (TAC Executive Director)

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 Okanagan College
Okanagan College is a public post-secondary institution serving more than 20,500 learners annually (the equivalent of 8,745 full-time students) at its four campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon and other learning centres extending from the Shuswap-Revelstoke to the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The College offers more than 130 programs in arts, science, business, health, technologies, trades and vocational studies. More information about the College is available at okanagan.bc.ca.    

TAC Audit and Okanagan College Program Teams

The following TAC and Okanagan College team members participated in a successful accreditation process.

Civil Engineering Technology

Okanagan College: Ken Langedyk, Department Chair             
TAC Audit team: Lead auditor Charles Renkas, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); Auditors Tyler Morrissette, C.E.T. (Alberta), Karl Dean, C.Tech. (British Columbia)

Electronic Engineering Technology

Okanagan College: David Williams, Department Chair 
TAC Audit team: Lead auditor Steven Chu, C.E.T. (British Columbia); Auditors Bill Simpson, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia), David da Silva, C.E.T. (Alberta)

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Okanagan College: Reg Marte, Department Chair
TAC Audit team: Lead auditor Tim Roth, C.E.T. (Alberta); Auditors Bob Clements, R.E.T. (Alberta), Brad Germain, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia); Auditor-in-Training George Bartz, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia)

Water Engineering Technology

Okanagan College: Allison MacMillan, Department Chair 
TAC Audit team: Lead auditor Mazin Audeh, C.E.T. (Ontario); Auditors Ariel Estrada, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia), Ken Zeleschuk, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia); Auditor-in-Training Alvin Alfano, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia)