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Innovative partnership between Reliable Controls and St. Lawrence College equips students for success


Students in St. Lawrence College’s Energy Systems Engineering Technology program will be learning on cutting-edge equipment for the next decade - the culmination of a new and exciting partnership announced Tuesday, May 8 between the College and Reliable Controls, a leader in the design and manufacture of internet-connected building controls.

“St. Lawrence College is excited to form a partnership with an innovative Canadian company that shares our dedication to educating and training the next generation of skilled technologists to master the complex world of integrated building systems, including green and traditional energy solutions,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College.

The 10-year partnership will ensure students will continue to learn on the industry-standard equipment for which Reliable Controls is recognized, and that SLC faculty and technologists will have access to the company’s state-of-the-art training and technology upgrades. The partnership will help students prepare for their future careers in the rapidly evolving energy system management field.

“Reliable Controls is pleased to continue its commitment to education through this, our first formal partnership with a Canadian college,” said Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Thomas Zaban, P.Eng. “The need for highly skilled building controls professionals is great, and the beauty of our BACnet open protocol software means these students will be well-equipped to work on any BACnet system they may encounter upon graduation.”

The partnership originated when REL Controls – an Ottawa-based Reliable Controls Authorized Dealer – answered the call of an SLC faculty member in search of parts to repair existing controls in the lab. From subsequent tri-party conversations, the idea of a full scale partnership evolved.

Under the terms of the agreement, not only has Reliable Controls provided over $200,000 in equipment today, but has committed to ensuring the lab remains up to date with future innovations from the Victoria B.C. based manufacturer. Further, faculty and staff will have access to industry training, and Reliable Controls and REL personnel will provide work placement opportunities and on-campus recruiting of graduating students.

“As a College, we are committed to preparing our students for success in their future careers,” said Vollebregt. “Through our partnerships with Reliable Controls and REL Controls, we can ensure the relevance of our ESET students’ education in a rapidly evolving field.”