Q&A with Simon Brodeur, Conseiller pédagogique
Simon Brodeur began programming CNC machines in the early 2000’s and his teacher was extremely creative with 2D and 3D designs. They would use shades of gray translated into number values to make a 2D machine 3D. This was done with architectural woodwork designed with 3D software. He also worked as a technician at the faculty of Architecture, helping students building models for their projects. Eventually, the machines got better and better and Simon says you can now pretty much do whatever you want as long as you have the right tools. Simon has a degree in Education, and he eventually got involved in designing training programs in mechanical engineering and BIM, where he could convey the changes occurring in Industry to the educational teams. The key is choosing the most important skills like programming and how they can be transferred in many work situations.
Q. Please tell us about Cégep du Vieux Montréal
A. Our college is one of the largest institutions in Montreal and is dedicated in good part to creative sectors like architecture, cinema and videogames. One of our largest departments, Mechanical engineering, offers a large range of courses, including Robotics and 3D design, both in long term programs and adult short term programs. We also specialize in BIM and offer a wide variety of training sessions to individuals and companies.
Q. Can you provide more information on the program involving automation and robotics?