Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) is making significant strides in establishing a prominent Power Engineering and Instrumentation Controls hub in Grande Prairie.

With an investment of $16 million, NWP is expanding its training capacity with a cutting-edge Power Engineering and Instrumentation Lab. Additionally, the institution has unveiled plans for a new two-year Power Engineering Technology Diploma set to commence in Fall 2024.

"This new program has been meticulously crafted to meet the needs of our industry partners and local communities," says Dr. Vanessa Sheane, President and CEO of NWP. "As our Power Engineering and Instrumentation Laboratory takes shape, we're committed to providing the right mix of programs to address the growing workforce demand."

Previously, NWP's offerings were restricted to period 1 and 2 Instrumentation and Controls Technician apprenticeships due to space and equipment limitations. However, with the construction of a purpose-built, 15,565 sq. ft facility dedicated to innovation and training, the institution is poised for program expansions, increased local training capacity, and a smoother transition from classroom to career.

"The comprehensive Power Engineering diploma program will equip students with essential skills in thermodynamics, electricity, electronics, refrigeration, and air conditioning," explains Dr. Brian Redmond, Dean for the School of Applied Science and Technology. "Students will have access to state-of-the-art tools and technology, along with valuable hands-on experiences in an industry-replicated setting."

As construction progresses at the NWP Grande Prairie campus, industry and community members are invited to participate in shaping its future.

"NWP is actively seeking legacy opportunities to enhance the student experience and create shared value," says Cindy Park, Vice-President of External Relations. "We aim to secure over $5 million in fundraising support through facility naming rights, sponsorships, and generous donations."

While the completion of the new facility is scheduled for 2026, students can jumpstart their career prospects now. Applications for NWP's new Power Engineering Diploma program are currently open.

To learn more about NWP's new program, visit For information on legacy opportunities, visit

Information provided by NWP