People will learn the basics of biomass heating technologies through a new program.
Northern College has partnered with James Bay Aski Ishkotaykan Bio Utility, and Commercial Bioenergy Inc. for the new Mechanical Operator: Biomass Heating Systems program at the Moosonee Campus.
It will see participants learn the fundamentals of biomass heating technologies and receive hands-on experience operating and maintaining equipment, according to the announcement from the college.
“Northern College is proud to be the first post-secondary institution in the province to deliver a program like this one,” said Audrey J. Penner, Northern College president and CEO, in a news release. “Like most remote northern communities, Moosonee requires unique energy solutions that overcome many challenges, from cost to accessibility to sustainability and reliability”
The first intake for the 14-week program is in September.
It will deliver micro-credentials for students, including trade readiness, health and safety, technical communications and calculations, biomass fuel manufacturing, and biomass operation and management.
A biomass heating boiler system has been installed at the Moosonee campus for the students to receive hands-on learning.
"Biomass promotes economic development through a circular economy. Communities can become less dependent on non-local resources for everyday needs. All while creating new jobs in maintenance and equipment repair, wood ordering, transportation, and administration," reads the news release.
Moose Cree First Nation director of economic development Stan Kapashesit said the program is a first step towards providing the remote Northern community with energy security.
“The idea of providing biomass training and skills is the first step in building a lasting industry that provides for a sustainable energy future," he said.
Along with being a critical step to building community-based projects, there are jobs waiting for graduates, according to Robert Manseau, Commercial Bioenergy Inc. president.