Construction Techniques (Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry and Masonry) 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 (Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry and Masonry) Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    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 Two
    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

    Level Three
    CARP1500     Carpentry Theory

    Description: Students will be introduced to the field of carpentry by studying the history, origins and background of the carpentry trade. Common hand and power tools used in carpentry in the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors will be discussed along with approaches needed to complete small scaled carpentry projects. Topics will also include quality, craftsmanship, career opportunities in carpentry, skills and knowledge needed to be a successful carpenter and the industry expectations for entry into the field.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    CARP1510     Carpentry Practice

    Description: Students will apply the theory studied in Carpentry Theory in a shop environment through hands on practice and by completing small scale carpentry projects. Students will be instructed on the proper use of common carpentry tools such as circular saws, hand planes, stationary tools like table saws, and will practice safe use of the common tools encountered on a construction site specifically related to the Carpentry field. In addition, students will complete drawings/specifications and apply math/problem solving skills typically encountered in the Carpentry trade to solve common carpentry problems. Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices.
    Hours: 80
    Credits: 5

    CARP1520     Construction Site Safety
    Description: This safety course takes an in depth look at safe and unsafe working conditions/practices an individuals and groups of workers may encounter on a typical carpentry jobsite. The students will learn to recognize situations that are deemed unsafe in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and to address unsafe conditions to ensure public and worker safety near a job site. Students will learn how to select and safely use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other protective devices such as elevating scaffolds and ladders, both when working at ground level and at heights. This course combines classroom theory with job site (lab) practice. Students will be expected to exhibit professional communication skills appropriate to a practical work site environment.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    Level Four
    CARP1530     General Carpentry for Masonry

    Description: The students will learn and apply the knowledge and skills needed to do layout of light concrete forms and footings. Topics will include leveling and layout procedures, support, reinforcing, pouring and finishing concrete. The course emphasizes hands on work and demonstrated shop practice within a team work environment.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    CONS1270     Safety for Trenching, Scaffolding and Confined Spaces

    Description: This safety course builds upon previous safety program courses with a focus on safe practices in scaffolding, trenching and working in confined spaces from a brick and stone mason perspective. Students will study the theory and practice needed to select, inspect, erect, dismantle and store scaffolding and trenching systems in compliance with legislation and safe industry practices. Students will be required to explain procedures for ensuring safe entry into confined spaces while also demonstrating on-the-job application in a lab environment that includes demonstration of effective communication practices with co-workers.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    MASO1120     Masonry Theory

    Description: Students will gain an overview of the Masonry trade and address the various masonry applications in relation to a construction site. Masonry related tools, equipment, material and supplies encountered on a typical construction site will be discussed. Other topics include how to prepare and dismantle a site according to industry specifications, procedures for building foundation walls, trade practices, and how to prepare masonry surfaces, all in accordance with required codes, specifications and regulations of the trade.
    Students will also learn techniques for interpreting architectural drawings and related documents and contracts.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MASO1130     Masonry Practice

    Description: In the practice component of the masonry specialty, students will have opportunity to practice the concepts and theories studied. Students will learn how to handle the tools, equipment, material and supplies including power and hand tools and will have opportunity to install masonry materials such as masonry veneer, stone cladding, pavers and masonry accessories.
    Students will be required to interpret drawings for masonry projects, and demonstrate the ability to estimate materials and supplies to accepted standards.
    A requirement will be to use math and problem solving skills comparable to what a first year Brick and Stone apprentice would encounter as they plan, prepare and build masonry units.
    Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices.
    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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