Trade Fundamentals Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2022

See curriculum for: September 2023
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 06, 2022
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,736.89 per semester*
$9,017.16 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a career plan for a specific trade or technical field.
  • Work safely and in accordance with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to enhance personal and public safety.
  • Select and use tools and equipment to complete a specific task within the trades.
  • Solve routine technical problems by applying fundamental mathematics and scientific principles.
  • Prepare and interpret basic drawings, blueprints and other related documents and graphics to complete a trade and/or technology task..
  • Maintain project records, logs, inventories and other required documentation.
  • Solve trade and technology-related problems, using the computer software and tools.
  • Assemble, test, and modify basic products using a variety of technology- and trades-related techniques.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

MECH 414
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce the student to the welding industry. The student will learn techniques in OFW (Oxy-Fuel Welding), OFC (Oxy-Fuel Cutting), SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) and GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding). In addition to technique practices, the student will be taught the industry standard for safety and proper operation with a variety of welding and cutting equipment.

MGMT 343
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will allow students to investigate types of work performed within the skilled trades sector. Students will gain an understanding of potential jobs or career opportunities available to them. This course, along with the trades related courses offered in Trades Fundamentals, should provide a better understanding of the type skilled trade they would like to continue with in in the future.

CNST 240
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will learn many aspects of personal, co-worker and public health and safely in the trades. Topics include: Health & Safety Awareness in 4 Steps, New and Young Worker (MOL), Personal Protective Equipment, Slips, Trips and Falls Awareness, Spill Awareness, Traffic Control Awareness, Safe Workplaces, Workplace Hazards (including Asbestos and Mould Awareness), Manual Material Handling, Back Safety Protection, WHMIS (Certificate), Propane Handling, Fire Extinguisher Basics, Construction Site Safety Awareness

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to basic carpentry skills with a focus on safe operation, maintenance and use of hand and power tools, shop safety, material handling and essential employability skills. Students will develop their knowledge of proper carpentry techniques of measuring, marking, cutting, nailing and tool selection when constructing shop projects.

MECH 417
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce the student to the basic introductory skills required for print reading and sketching for the trades. The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the types of construction, principles of measuring systems and basic fundamental skills for sketching drawings.

MECH 416
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce the student to basic introductory skills required to demonstrate a working knowledge of the types of tools, principles of operation, maintenance and safe workplace usage of measuring tools, fasteners and hand and power tools for the trades.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 2

COMP 642
Units/ Hours: 45

Discover the benefits of computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD. Learn drawing setup, construction and modification, the use of layers, dimensioning, hatching, the creation and use of blocks, and the Design Centre with the objective of producing industry-standard drawings.

CULN 136
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to allow the learner to explore the Trade of Cook. This hybrid delivery model will allow the learner to develop a basic understanding of key concepts and industry pathways. Hands-on lab applications, paired with a Food Safety and Sanitation micro-credential, will provide the learner with a "Taste" of the cooking trade. Topics of study include an introductory to cooking, baking and butchery skills that are required for today's industry professionals.

ELCT 149
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to basic wiring, circuits, connections and equipment involved in the residential electrical trade. It will provide students with a basic understanding of tools, equipment and materials used to install electrical connections and fixtures through practical, hands on learning.

MATH 153
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to develop and enhance foundational mathematical concepts while advancing their numeracy skills important in various Trades, such as Welding and Carpentry. It is designed to prepare students for success in Trades Calculations I.

MECH 419
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will cover basic residential mechanical systems such as plumbing, heating and cooling, fire suppression and the materials and equipment associated with each. It will provide students with the opportunity to apply practical skills required for installing, servicing, and maintaining residential mechanical systems.

MECH 418
Units/ Hours: 45

The course covers the basic concepts and principles of science and its relation to the skilled trades. Course topics will include lessons in mechanics, heat, light, sounds, electricity, weights, fluids and magnetism related to trades through hands on learning.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.