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Construction Techniques (Gas, Welding, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC) Ontario College Certificate

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  • Objectives
    This unique 32 week program allows the student to learn a variety of trade specific skills in the construction field with each component running 8-16 weeks in duration. Depending on your start date, students study and practice in trade specific areas comprising carpentry, masonry, plumbing, gas/welding and HVAC/electrical. The program provides students with safety training (general and specific), skills development in a number of the construction areas and an opportunity via academic upgrading to strengthen their math and communication skills (completing their GED, if required).
  • Academic Title
    Construction Techniques (Gas, Welding, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC) Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    CARP1540     General Carpentry for GAS I

    Description: During the installation of gas appliances, bathroom fixtures, kitchen remodels and various renovations to existing structures a particular set of carpentry based skills are required. The students will learn how to alter, ?cut-in?, reinforce and refit walls, coverings and structures during a renovation. The students will learn the techniques required to patch, trim, plumb and square drywall, trim and flooring to acceptable code and customers standards. This course is a combination of theory and demonstrated practice on the job site (lab). Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CARP1550     Safety for Propane/Hoisting and Rigging
    Description: Students will learn the theory and practice associated with the safe storage, handling and connecting of propane cylinders commonly found on a construction site whether they be used as an energy source for fork lifts or as a heat source.

    In addition, students will study and practice how to safely work at heights using ladders, travel and fall restraint gear. Training in the required guard rails and safety requirements when working in elevated work areas will also be addressed as well as the requirement to work effectively with team members.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CARP1560     General Carpentry for GAS II

    Description: During the install of gas appliances, bathroom fixtures, kitchen remodels and various renovations to existing structures a particular set of carpentry based skills are required to address changes to the roof and associated components.
    In this course, for example, the students will learn how to shingle, prepare a roof surface and apply flashing when roofing, installing vents, masts and other components on a roof. Students will practice caulking, sealing, working with ridge caps and various roofing materials. This course is a combination of theory and demonstrated practice on the job site (lab). Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CONS1280     WHMIS

    Description: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada's national hazard communication standard. The key elements of the system are cautionary labeling of containers of WHMIS "controlled products", the provision of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and worker education and training programs.
    In this course, students will address safety on a job site from the perspective of a Welding Technician. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge and application of W.H.M.I.S regulations, symbols and requirements. Both in-class and lab work (on-the-job) is included.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    GAST1110     GAS Theory
    Description: Students will learn the skills and knowledge required to, under supervision, purge and install piping or tubing and de-activate existing appliance installation or newly converted appliances. Topics include hands tools, properties, characteristics and safe handling of propane and natural gas 1, codes, acts and regulations.
    Students will also learn about the theory and practice associated with electricity, piping and tubing systems and gas appliances. In addition, students study and use technical manuals and schematics, and discuss and apply effective customer skills.
    Students who maintain a 75% average may be eligible to seek G3 certification with Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), which currently enables qualified persons to work under supervision on appliances up to and including 400,000 BTU’s.
    Hours: 192
    Credits: 13

    WELD1560     Welding I for Construction
    Description: This unit will enable the student to explain the construction, operation, assembly and disassembly of oxyacetylene equipment and accessories and of oxyacetylene cutting and welding theory and practice. It will also enable the student to use oxyacetylene equipment to make 90º cuts, lay beads and weld mild steel butt joints, lap, tee and V joints in flat position.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    WELD1570     Welding II for Construction

    Description: Students will look at arc welding procedures along with arc theory. Students will learn about the required equipment and materials and their basic applications.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    Level Two
    CARP1570     General Carpentry for Plumbing (Flooring)

    Description: This module provides a basic knowledge of materials used for floor framing and finishing in a residential setting. As well, the student will gain an understanding of Ontario Building Code requirements as they apply to floor construction and modification.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CONS1290     Hazard Awareness (Plumbing) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
    Description: This safety course expands on other safety course(s) but specializes in safety on a job site. This course is taught with a plumbing slant; however, the safety skills are transferable to any trades, crafts or labour jobs on a construction site. The student will be aware of and demonstrate knowledge of working with fluids and gases under pressure, working in poor weather conditions and safety practices associated with working with wet equipment. The student will also be aware of the requirements as set down in the Health and Safety Act. This course is a combination of theory and demonstrated practice on the job site (lab).
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    PLMB1060     Plumbing Theory
    Description: This course consists of all the necessary subjects that are required to have a general knowledge of plumbing systems. The students will learn the basics of using trade related tools and materials in conjunction with applicable codes, construction drawings, and safe working practices. The students will be able to apply their knowledge to various individual lab projects and a group project constructing a typical residential bathroom rough-in. This group project will exercise effective communication and problem-solving skills, as well as proper installation practices and selection of materials in accordance with plumbing code requirements. The project will expose the student to some of the tasks that a first year plumber apprentice would encounter on a jobsite.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    PLMB1070     Plumbing Practice
    Description: This course will allow the students to practice work typically done by first year plumbing apprentices. The students will learn how to select materials and equipment for a residential plumbing system including fixtures and will install from specifications and blueprints a complete bathroom group using trade related math, effective communications skills, appropriate codes, hand tools, power tools and safe working practices.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    Level Three
    CARP1580     General Carpentry for ELEC/HVAC

    Description: This module provides a basic knowledge of materials used for wall framing and finishing in a residential setting. As well, the student will gain an understanding of Ontario Building Code requirements as they apply to wall construction and modification.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CONS1300     Safety Hazard Awareness and Lock-out/Tag-out
    Description: This safety course expands on other safety course(s) but specializes in safety on a job site. This course is taught with an Electrical/HVAC slant. However, the safety skills are transferable to any trades, crafts or labour jobs on a construction site. The student will be aware of and demonstrate knowledge of working safely with electrical hand tools, fixed and portable electrical and pneumatic tools. The student will be able to use meters to test equipment to ensure it is de-energized. The student will also be aware of the requirements as set down in the Health and Safety Act for lock-out and tag-out requirements when isolating equipment. This course is a combination of theory and demonstrated practice on the job site (lab).
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    ELEC1420     HVAC/Electrical Theory
    Description: This module will introduce the student to the basics of residential wiring systems, heating and ventilation and air conditioning systems. The students will also learn the basic trade requirements for the electrical and HVAC fields.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    ELEC1430     HVAC/Electrical Practice
    Description: This module will allow the student to apply knowledge of materials, tools and methods used to carry out procedures in basic electrical and HVAC applications.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    COMM1780     Communications - Customer Services in Construction

    Description: This course is intended to develop understanding of customer service and the skills associated with understanding the needs of customers, meeting those needs and fostering an environment that encourages customers to return as well as introducing the student to industrial and business communications. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters, memoranda, and informal reports in the technical environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Students would also learn how to deal with customer service in a construction environment.
    Hours: 32
    Credits: 2

    COMP1255     Computer Applications
    Description: The student is introduced to the basics of computer operating systems and file management. The student will gain practical knowledge of various software applications such as, Word, Excel, Power point, Autocad, and Visio.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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