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CONSTRUCTION PRE-APPRENTICESHIP MULTIPLE TRADES EXPOSURE PROGRAM

PRIMARY TRADE: Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship
PROGRAM LENGTH: 120 Hours

Students who complete the carpentry component will receive theory instruction together with the safety and hands-on training methodology in the following subject areas:

Safety: Students learn to interpret the carpentry safety requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Students will be able to identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.

Servicing and Installation Methods: Students will be trained in the proper use of hand and power tools, as well as woodworking nomenclature, production methods and techniques. Students will learn interior and exterior residential finishes and apply selected finishes in the program. Students cover the fundamentals of describing and constructing footing, wall, column, pilaster, beam and stair forms. The program allows students to gain experience describing and installing suspended ceiling systems, steel stud and drywall systems, and accessories. It will teach students how to select and identify material used in residential and commercial construction.

Building Codes: Students will be able to identify types of residential foundations and building code requirements according to the Ontario Building Code, such as the layout and construction of various types of residential framing. Students will be able to estimate material quantities from residential plans and specifications.

Blueprint Reading: Students will obtain knowledge in reading and interpreting drawings and sketches of layouts to calculate the requirements according to the building code. Students will also gain experience in identifying various types of plans and specifications.


SECONDARY TRADE: Plumber Pre-Apprenticeship

PROGRAM LENGTH: 60 Hours training

Students who complete the plumbing component will receive theory instruction, together with the hands-on training methodology taught in the following areas:

Plumbing Safety: Students learn to interpret the plumbing safety requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Students will be able to identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.

Plumbing Installation Methods: Students demonstrate the operation of hand and power tools as well as installation procedures for various piping materials.

Plumbing Code: Students learn the basic rules and regulations of Part 7 (Plumbing) of the Ontario Building Code. As well, students learn how the code is organized, how to identify new rules, the scope and objectives of administrative requirements, tables and appendices.

Blueprint Reading: Students obtain information from architectural, structural and mechanical drawings, specifications and the building code to complete plumbing installations for a single dwelling. Students are instructed in the correct methods of completing drain plans and stack elevations.


SECONDARY TRADE: Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship

PROGRAM LENGTH: 60 Hours training

Students who complete the electrical component will receive theory instruction together with the hands-on training methodology taught in the following areas:

Electrical Safety: Students learn to interpret the electrical safety requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Students will be able to identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.

Electrical Installation Methods: Students demonstrate the operation of hand and power tools as well as installation procedures for switching devices and various cables, tubing and conduits.

Electrical Code: Students learn the rules and regulations of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). As well, students learn how the code is organized, how to identify new rules, the scope and objectives of administrative requirements, tables and appendices.

Blueprint Reading: Students obtain information from architectural, structural and mechanical drawings, specifications, the building code and CEC to complete an electrical installation for a single dwelling.

Trade Calculations:
A third party partnership with Conestoga Career Centre, Stratford Campus will provide an introductory trade calculations course which focuses on basic arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry using practical workplace examples. This course is designed to prepare the student for practical applications and subsequent learning in the carpentry, electrical and plumbing fields.

Employment Preparation:
A third party partnership with Conestoga Career Centre, Stratford Campus will provide employment preparation services. There will be a strong emphasis on employer expectations to better prepare participants for moving successfully into the workplace and retaining that employment once hired. Classes will focus on resume writing, interview skills and in particular, employer expectations. Participants have already self-identified as having a strong interest and aptitude for a career in the trades.

These services will be provided by Conestoga Career Centre (CCC), Stratford Campus. The sessions will be group workshops with one-on-one as necessary.

Work Placement (8 weeks):
Paid work placements are the preferred option. A wage subsidy will serve as an added incentive for employers to take on a work placement. Participants will interview for a paid job placement within the local business community with employers receiving a wage subsidy to offset their work placement wages.
 

Potential Career Paths

Carpentry:

  • Estimating
  • Product Distribution
  • Manufacturing (Sales)
  • Management / Supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Maintenance Carpenter
  • Metal Framer – Carpentry
  • Renovation Carpenter
  • Rough Carpenter

Plumbing:

  • Plumber
  • Maintenance Plumber
  • Pipefitter-steamfitter
  • Fire Protection Mechanic
  • Fire Sprinkler, Steam and Gas Fitter
  • Gas Technician
  • Hydronics Technician
  • Plumbing Contractor
  • Estimating
  • Product Distribution
  • Manufacturing (Sales)
  • Management / Supervisor

Electrician

  • Construction Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Plant Maintenance Electrician
  • Communications Cabling
  • Fibre Optics
  • Industrial Motor Controls
  • Robotics
  • CATV Technician
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • Estimating
  • Production Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Management/Supervisor
  • Fire Alarm Technician
  • CATV Technician