Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Trades & Technology Centre

The Details

Trades & Technology Centre - School Of Trades And Technology & The Faculty Of Science

$5,000,000 (Total budget: $20.3 Million)
Capital Needs (Investment: $400,000)


Along with this integral external support, this ambitious project will be dependent on obtaining government funding, as well as contributions from philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations.

This 4,700 sq. m. expansion will retrofit the existing Trades and Technology building to better utilize space and co-locate complementary programs within the Faculty of Science and Trades to share resources. This expansion will also house several critical research elements and provide required laboratory space as well as increasing the office and bench space available to train graduate students and undergraduates in the Sciences.


Your donation will help Thompson Rivers University (TRU) meet the expanding trades and science industry demands head on. The physical space for research and growth in both core and emerging technologies at TRU is chronically limited. To address this critical space shortage, TRU plans to reconfigure the School of Trades and Technology to increase student space for existing high demand science and trades departments and to offer programs in emerging trade industries. The expanded Trades and Technology building will become key in TRU’s focus on Science, Technology and Applied Skills in Society. We will investigate and grow the links between academic, applied and vocational programs that span both faculties.

The space requirements are critical if researchers in the Faculty of Science at TRU are to remain competitive for federal funding in areas where success has already been achieved. The space will also be critical to building research capability in areas of institutional strategic importance including Community Health, Applied Industrial Research, and Environmental and Community Sustainability – none of which will occur without new infrastructure development.

The marriage of science and trades represents the future of education and will expose students to the best industry practices and a world-class education. Help TRU students become truly engaged in inquiry-based learning, utilizing technology and science to improve their lives and the world as a whole.

The building expansion will also help TRU continue to focus on the industry sectors identified in the BC JOBS PLAN. The Thompson and Cariboo areas continue to provide significant opportunities for mining and forestry, and TRU is well suited to contribute to these and many other industry sectors. Our facilities are already some of the best in Canada, these improvements will let us become a national centre of excellence and innovation in science, trades and technology education.

Trades to be included in the Sustainable Industry Centre:

  1. Instrumentation (all 4 years of apprenticeship) - RTO Approved
  2. Instrumentation Engineering Diploma Program (2 year program with Science) RTO Approved
  3. Power Line Technician (all 3 levels of apprenticeship) - LCA approved
  4. Gas A (TRU is currently the only provider in BC) - BCSA approved
  5. Transportation of Motive Power- Front End Loaded Truck Transport program(foundation and all 4 levels of apprenticeship) - AVED/TransCDA approved
  6. Pipeline Welding (future, not enough room currently)
  7. Pipefitting ( future, not enough room currently)
  8. Transportation Trades (expansion of the Heavy Duty Technician program to deal with waitlists)

Areas of Focus:

  • Mechanical Technologies
    • Trades: Fluids and hydraulics
    • Science: Physics
  • Construction Technologies
    • Building construction
    • Applied projects and research around construction
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
    • Wind, solar, turbine
    • ARET
    • Trades/Science mix – physics, math, computing & engineering
  • Centre for Computation, Optimization & Decision Science (CODS)
    • Serving both in areas of industry and the realm of public health


  • Natural Resource Sciences – Reclamation School (sub-section)
    • Lauchlan Fraser / Wendy Gardner
    • Trades mine training
    • Natural Resource Science aims at best practices
    • Key is environmental engineering
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