In an ever-evolving job landscape, British Columbia (BC) anticipates about one million job openings within the next decade, with 75% of those jobs requiring post-secondary training. To thrive in a rapidly changing workforce with innovative technology advancements, it is important for professionals to cultivate transferable skills.

Here are three online courses offering in-demand and cutting-edge technologies for you to apply across industries. By focusing on technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing, professionals and workers across all industries can get ahead of opportunities that will come with these technological advancements.

The Internet of Things (IoT): Navigating a connected world

IoT is revolutionizing all industries by connecting devices and enabling data exchange, leading to increased efficiency and automation. This technological shift impacts diverse sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation by creating a growing demand for professionals well-versed in IoT.

The exponential growth of IoT ensures sustained career relevance. As more devices become interconnected, the need for experts who understand and can work with IoT will grow, offering long-term career prospects to those with the right skills. Embracing IoT not only future-proofs your skill set, it also positions you at the forefront of technological advancements, bolstering your professional value.

Courses in the Internet of Things (IoT)

BCIT offers two courses on the topic of the Internet of Things. In the Applied Internet of Things (IoT) course, learners delve into practical IoT implementation through real-world case studies, covering key industries such as transportation, utilities, Smart City, and health. On the other hand, the Fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT) course is tailored to those wanting to explore career new opportunities, upskill, or increase their understanding of digital transformation. It is also an excellent course for executives and decision makers who will be called upon to evaluate and implement IoT solutions in public and private sectors.

Transform your industry with 3D printing

In the next decade, 3D printing is poised to transform design, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. In manufacturing, it will streamline production by enabling rapid prototyping and customization. Healthcare will see personalized medicine through bio-printing of organs, prosthetics and orthotics, teeth, and much more. Construction will benefit from on-site 3D printing, reducing costs and enabling complex architectural designs. Additive Manufacturing technologies will enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and usher in a new era of innovation across these and many other industries, fundamentally reshaping how products are made, healthcare is delivered, and structures are built.

The BCIT 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: From Concept to Creation course offers an in-depth learning experience for individuals interested in learning about the 3D printing process. Learners delve into the entire process of additive manufacturing, starting from the initial concept to the final creation. They gain a solid foundation by understanding 3D printing job planning, while also exploring the differences between 3D printing and traditional manufacturing methods.

Professionals who educate themselves in these technologies will be equipped with skills crucial for the future job market. Whether navigating the interconnected world of IoT or understanding the transformative potential of 3D printing, these courses empower individuals to embrace opportunities that come along as a result of these technological advancements.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Bassan, DirectorCentre for Internet of Things.

About Applied Research at BCIT

BCIT Applied Research is home to state-of-the-art facilities and specialized experts producing outstanding results for small-to-medium-sized businesses and industry clients. BCIT researchers and research groups have been working with industry clients for more than 35 years, helping companies and organizations develop new technologies, products and services. The practical solutions range from process improvements for small SMEs to changing provincial building codes for the construction industry to a collaborative research network involving students, researchers, companies and government organizations from across Canada.

BCIT Applied Research is:

  • A hands-on experience for students and invaluable to future careers.
  • Collaboration between faculty and industry in pursuit of new methodologies and technologies.
  • The development of new teaching methods and associated tools.
  • A conduit for assisting Canadian companies and communities to innovate for a better economy.

Research activities are a key component of student learning at BCIT, enabling our students to remain at the forefront of technological change, as they meet the needs of industry partners, and maximize the Institute’s impact on emerging technologies.

Find out more about BCIT Applied Research.