Our new Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Master’s stream was featured in the July/August 2013 issue of BC Shipping News. The article gives a brief history of how the program got started and a summary of who and what is involved in this new degree. The magazine as a whole offers news related to the Marine industry on Canada’s West Coast, and this issue describes the “reinvent[ion]” of the BC shipbuilding industry, to which we have established our program in response.
“A dramatic metamorphosis is underway in the B.C. shipbuilding and repair industry,” one article in this issue states, “What’s happening now is the biggest short in the arm for the shipbuilding industry in decades” (p. 20). The article also quotes Brian Carter, President of Seaspan Shipyards, as saying, “The future is bright… This is an exciting time for young people in the industry,” but adds that “One sees an acute shortage of skilled workers in the next few years[… and] the mounting need for accelerated skills training” (p. 20).
The one-year NAME program is designed to help fill this shortage by graduating bright and capable students who are trained by the foremost scholars and industry representatives in the field.
Read the full article here: http://issuu.com/janemci/docs/bcsn-jul-aug13 (pages 36-37).