PEMAC celebrates 25 years of maintenance excellence

Not-for-profit association has graduated 800 maintenance professionals from its certification program since 2001.

August 13, 2015   by PLANT Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), a national not-for-profit outfit that provides leadership, education and certification in asset management practices, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

In 1989, the Mississauga, Ont.-based organization was established by two professional engineers and a group of people involved in plant and facility maintenance and engineering.

They were concerned that maintenance and physical asset management professionals were providing an essential service without significant recognition, seeing the need for a national association for plant and facility engineering and maintenance, created by plant and facility engineering and maintenance practitioners in Canada.

PEMAC received its not-for-profit charter in August 1990.

Over the next nine years, the association developed the Maintenance Management Professional (MPP) Certificate program through a partnership between PEMAC volunteers, the Colleges of Ontario Network for Education and Training (CON*NECT), and Durham College, which hosted the program’s first students in 1999.

The first graduates completed the program in 2001.

The MMP Certificate Program is now offered through colleges, universities and technical institutes across the country, and has more than 800 graduates.

PEMAC’s annual conference, MainTrain, was inaugurated in 2004, and has become the leading professional development event for maintenance and physical asset management in Canada, developed and produced by and for the practitioners in the industry.

In 2011, the association joined the Global Forum for Maintenance and Asset Management to keep members in the know about activity and initiatives in maintenance and asset management practices at a global level.

Click here for a detailed history marking the anniversary by lifetime PEMAC member, retired civil engineer and regular contributor to PLANT, Steve Gahbauer.

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