Oct. 9, 2019

Schulich students train on latest technologies thanks to Spartan Controls

A generous gift-in-kind prepares the engineers of tomorrow to hit the ground running
Spartan Controls Event
Spartan Controls Event

Providing engineering students with increased access to real-world learning took a step forward this week, thanks to a relationship between the Schulich School of Engineering and Spartan Controls.

A strong supporter of the engineering school, Spartan Controls donated leading-edge technology for a new instrumentation and measurement systems lab at the University of Calgary that will support student success and enhance the student experience.

“Spartan Controls is a long-standing partner of engineering education,” says Bill Rosehart, dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. “We are proud of this relationship and are delighted Spartan Controls expanded its support of our NSERC Chair in Design Engineering and made this gift-in-kind of equipment. We appreciate Spartan Controls’ generosity and continued investment in our students and researchers.”

The instrumentation and measurement systems lab will introduce engineering students to a variety of industrial process measurement, actuation and controls techniques that are used in industrial settings. Students from across engineering disciplines will develop the skills they need to design systems for use in a wide range of industrial applications. The system also offers new opportunities for teaching and research collaborations.

Spartan Controls Event

Student invites Grant Wilde, Spartan Controls president and CEO, to the podium

Spartan’s donation includes service and support for the new equipment and training that will keep students, faculty and staff up to date on new technologies and industry trends.

“Spartan Controls is extremely proud to have the opportunity to continue its support of the University of Calgary. We have had a strong relationship with the Schulich School of Engineering for many years and look forward to the future,” says Grant Wilde, Spartan Controls president and CEO.

“In the industrial automation sector, technologies and trends change very rapidly. Our commitment will help to ensure that students, faculty and staff are exposed to and trained on the latest digital technologies, products and solutions. This helps prepare graduates to significantly contribute to their future employers’ success. Our support also provides Spartan with the opportunity to work with future leaders, maybe even future Spartans.”

Spartan Controls has been supporting the Schulich School of Engineering for four decades. The partnership evolved over the years and, in 2009, it also made a gift of equipment to an analytical lab in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

About Spartan Controls: Spartan Controls is the recognized leading provider of industrial automation, valves, measurement and process control solutions and services in Western Canada. For over 55 years, Spartan has provided customers with high-performance automation solutions, industry expertise, lifecycle support and technical training. Its automation solutions are used in process industries including oil and gas, oil sands, mining, pulp and paper, power, pipeline and municipal. With its employees (referred to as Spartans) living and working in 14 communities across Western Canada, Spartan Controls is dedicated to providing exceptional customer experiences where expertise and collaboration come together.


The gift from Spartan Controls is part of the University of Calgary’s ongoing fundraising campaign, Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. Funds raised through the campaign will support student experiences, research outcomes and community connections. The campaign is currently 97 per cent toward its overall goal of $1.3 billion