Lockheed contributes to Sask. school's aviation maintenance program
Lockheed Martin Canada is donating $100,000 and collaborating with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies‘ (SIIT) Aviation Maintenance and Engineering (AME) program to implement an extensive suite of curriculum materials that will help faculty and students develop industry-ready skills. The government’s Department of Western Economic Diversification has added its support to this initiative.
"We are pleased to make a financial contribution to the AME program. We also are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with SIIT educators to help bridge the theoretical world of academics with lessons learned in aerospace and systems engineering that reflect the breadth of Lockheed Martin’s experience," said Tom Digan, president of Lockheed Martin Canada. "This comprehensive suite of advanced training modules is based on decades of work on complex engineering programs."
Once completed, the AME faculty will benefit from a curriculum of courseware and instructor’s materials for training in more than three-dozen engineering disciplines including systems engineering, quality assurance, logistics and interface engineering management.
Today’s announcement is part of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the Canadian government to satisfy industrial and regional benefits associated with its role as prime contractor for the mid-life upgrade of the combat systems on board the Navy’s Halifax Class frigate. The $1.6 billion program was awarded in late 2008 to Lockheed Martin Canada. In the first 12 months of the contract Lockheed Martin has provided more than $200 million in economic and regional benefits though strategic industrial partnerships and investments in research and development.