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  1. Douglas May has been working as a Civil Engineering Technologies instructor at the college for 19 years, teaching students how to build society’s infrastructure, including roads, urban subdivisions and water systems.
  2. The 10-metre open channel flume can simulate channel flow, allowing students to see and apply the concepts they have studied about how water behaves.
  3. Engineering Design and Drafting Technology instructor Warren Salberg (Civil Engineering Technologies 1985, Distinguished Alumnus 1992) has taught at the college since 1990.
  4. The forerunner to the 3D scanner is the Total Station. It measures a single point at a time with high accuracy.
  5. A global navigation satellite system – or GNSS – allows users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
  6. Geomatics technologist Jim Pinches works with 20 to 50 students daily in the classroom, in the field or at the equipment sign-out counter.
  7. Students taught by Geomatics instructor Andrew Bowen are in high demand by employers. Many have job offers before graduation.
  8. The Leica Geosystems ScanStationC10 3D scanner allows students to collect information about everything from coulees and flood plains to mechanical rooms and bridges.
  9. Macie Noftle is the program assistant for the School of Engineering Technologies


The sun-drenched fluids lab at the south end of the college’s new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility allows instructors like Douglas May to transition easily from traditional classroom lessons to a hands-on laboratory where students can put the theoretical lessons he has just taught about into practice with real-world experiences and experiments.

The centrepiece of the lab is the 10-metre open channel flume, which runs down the long length of one side of the room. When filled with water, it can simulate channel flow, allowing students to see and apply the concepts they have studied about how water behaves. If reconfigured, the flume could also serve as a wind tunnel for other hands-on learning activities.

The college’s engineering technologies programs have a long tradition of training outstanding engineering technologists. With small class sizes, experienced instructors, state-of-the-art facilities and industry accreditation, grads are sought after by employers around the country and often have multiple job offers before they cross the stage at Convocation.

To learn more about Engineering Technologies at Lethbridge College, call 403-320-3468 or email [email protected].

Wider Horizons
Story by Lisa Kozleski | Photo by Rob Olson
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