The University of the Fraser Valley has announced that a Digital Manufacturing Diploma program will be available in the fall of 2020, with topics that include 3D modelling, 3D printing, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, and fabrication strategies.

Admission to the one-year program requires students to first complete the Electronics Technician – Common Core Certificate program. Through their concurrent studies model, UFV does allow secondary school students to complete this program during their grade 12 year. For more information, students should contact their district/school career counsellor.

Admission is also open to those already working in the electronics or manufacturing industry by demonstrating an equivalent set of competencies, either through a portfolio, a prior recognized credential, or an individual assessment of prior learning.

Graduates will be able to work as operators, technicians, or technologists, either in digital manufacturing or any economic sector deploying technology.

“Gone are the days when any unskilled labourer could get a job at the local factory,” says John English, Dean of the Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies. “Nowadays, manufacturers are on the lookout for employees with a high-tech skill set.”

According to a recent study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, computer skills, problem solving skills, technical training, and mathematical skills top the wish list of hiring managers at manufacturing companies.

B.C.’s manufacturing sector is the fourth largest in Canada. In the Fraser Valley, according to City of Abbotsford Economic Development, manufacturing supports 12,000 firms and 400,000 jobs. Digitization in the sector is driving growth by reducing costs, improving productivity, and sparking innovation.