Ontario College Certificate in Trades Fundamentals Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2021
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, use and operate safely the tools and equipment used by workers within trades and technology.
- Solve routine technical problems by applying fundamental mathematics and scientific principles.
- Assist in the interpretation and preparation of drawings, blueprints and other related documents and graphics.
- Provide input into the information and maintenance of project records, logs, inventories and other required workplace documents.
- Solve trade and technology-related problems, using the correct computer software and tools.
- Assemble, test, and modify basic products using a variety of technology- and trades-related techniques.
Courses and Descriptions
This course provides students with the basic theoretical foundations in carpentry with an opportunity to practice these concepts. Topics include: the common types of wood, wood structures, wood joints, and hardware used in the construction industry. The selection, safe use, and maintenance of hand, portable power and stationary power tools required on a construction site will also be covered.
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
This course covers the use of operating systems and how to utilize the internet to generate professional reports and quotations. Students will develop the skills and abilities to produce technical and business reports used in the industry. Using relevant computer applications, students will learn to apply systematic record keeping processes used for operating a small business.
This course has been designed for students entering trades and technology programs. The course will cover current legislation (O.H.S.A.) and health and safety procedures used in the industry. Students will obtain fundamental level safety certification in WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Identification, and Hoisting and Rigging.The theory for this course will be offered online and the application component will offered onsite.
This course provides students with basic knowledge and skills used to interpret architectural drawings. Students will develop drawing layouts and plans using various symbols specific to various trades. An emphasis will be placed on developing the learner's ability to visualize three dimensional objects from two dimensional orthographic drawings.
This course will enable students to apply specific trade related mathematical concepts and acquire foundational skills important in the fields of Construction, Welding, Plumbing, Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.
This theoretical course will expand on the topics covered in Preparing for Welding Processes & Practices. Students will be able to set up welding equipment,choose appropriate consumables and apply various welding processesin accordance with industry standards.
This course provides students with an opportunity to practice the fundamental processes of welding. Welding processes covered in this course include OFW, SMAW, GMAW and oxy-fuel cutting. In addition, students will apply techniques in fusion welding, brazing and cutting. Students will apply safe handling procedures for the use of potentially dangerous equipment in accordance with industry standards.
In this hands-on practical course, safe and proper use of hand and power tools related to the plumbing trade will be emphasized. Students will learn to select and use these tools to cut, fit, and join a variety of piping materials. Students will learn to assemble piping systems and understand their applications in accordance with Codes and Regulations.
The student will build on the basic theoretical concepts in carpentry and apply this knowledge to the applied projects for the course. Topics include: the common types of wood, wood structures, wood joints, and hardware used in the construction industry. The selection, safe use, and maintenance of hand, portable power and stationary power tools required on a construction site will also be covered.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the safe operation of common hand and power tools AND to use those tools to install common switching devices, outlets and enclosures while correctly terminating conductors in a residential construction setting. The learner will further be able to demonstrate the installation procedures for non-metallic sheathed cable, armoured cable, LVT, CAT5, RG6, rigid and flexible raceway installation methods. Furthermore, the learner will be introduced to the basic across-the-line motor starter, low-voltage release and low-voltage protection. This course also serves to introduce network cabling concepts, trade safety, codes/standards and installation methods. In this course, the student will gain the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively install, operate and maintain building electronic systems. These systems include structured cabling, AV, telecommunications, network and security wiring in residential buildings.
This course introduces students to plumbing systems theory which includes pipe materials, fittings, hangars and supports. Students will learn to identify and select appropriate materials and sizes based on the application in accordance with Codes and Regulations. This course will introduce students to the Ontario Building Code related to Plumbing. Drainage, waste, and venting methods are covered in detail.
This course builds on practical applications covered in Welding Processes and Practices. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet welds using SMAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturers recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with the opportunity to be assessed in the 1F,2F,3F, and 4F positions.
This course is designed for students who will work in an industrial setting. The course takes a broad look at environmental issues relating to industrial practices. In some cases, technical details of recovery/recycling processes are covered. Topics include industry's effect on and remediation of natural resources such as water, air, soil, and biotic life. New approaches by industry toward sustainability and waste management are also included.