The new trades training centre, which opened for classes in September 2018, is providing students with hands-on learning using industry-standard equipment to gain the tools and skills necessary for a career in the skilled trades. NLC offers several trades and apprenticeships programs, including aircraft maintenance engineering, electrician and power engineering. The new facility will house the carpenter, millwright (industrial mechanic), plumber, welding and wind-turbine maintenance programs. The project includes construction of a 3,995 square-metre (43,000 square feet) trades facility that connects via an indoor walkway to the main building of the Dawson Creek campus. It replaces several old structures previously used by the college for trades training. The new building also provides physical capacity for up to 96 new full-time-equivalent spaces — a 33% increase. This will create better access for prospective trades students in NLC’s vast campus region across northern B.C.