Construction Worker

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  • Program Title: Construction Worker
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    This program is designed to provide the basic skills needed for entry-level work on a residential or industrial construction site. Students will develop skills in construction academics, site safety, the use of hand tools and the basics of the construction industry. Participants will have an opportunity to explore and develop a good understanding of the work involved in several trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, and roofing.

    Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to:

    1. Describe safety practices and procedures to protect self and others.
    2. Interpret blueprints, drawings and layouts using architectural and measurement conventions.
    3. Read, interpret and revise schematic drawings and documentation.
    4. Select, install, maintain and troubleshoot power distribution equipment systems.
    5. Select, install, maintain and troubleshoot lighting systems.
    6. Install, maintain and repair wiring systems.
    7. Describe methods and procedures for the use of hand and power tools.
    8. Describe the methods and procedures required for the use of stationary equipment.
    9. Describe the methods and procedures required for rigging and hoisting operations.
    10. Describe methods and procedures required for formsetting.
    11. Describe the methods and procedures required for the placement of concrete.
    12. Describe earthwork, barrier and environmental control practices and procedures.

    Your Career


    Graduates of the Construction Worker Program will perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. Graduates may operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. Graduates may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials.

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses


    Semester 1
    Introduction to the Trade
    Introduction to Materials Handling
    Construction Math
    Construction Drawings and Blueprint Reading
    Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
    Basic Safety
    Introduction to Construction Equipment
    Site Layout I: Differential Leveling
    Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms
    Handling and Placing Concrete

    Semester 2
    Introduction to Masonry
    Masonry Units and Installation Techniques
    Floor Systems
    Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
    Hand and Power Tools
    Wall and Ceiling Framing
    Roof Framing
    Roofing Applications
    Exterior Finishing
    Basic Stair Layout
    Boundary and Topography Surveys

    Semester 3
    Electrical Safety
    Electrical Theory
    Introduction to Electrical Circuits
    Residential Electrical Services
    Plumbing Safety
    Introduction to Drain, Waste, and Vent (DWV) Systems
    Plastic Pipe and Fittings
    Copper Pipe and Fittings
    Plumbing Fixtures
    Data Collection and Basic Computer Skills

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

    Register for this course.

  • Course Descriptions


    Semester 1
    Introduction to the Trade (2.5 Hours)
    Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and lists the skills, responsibilities, and characteristics a worker should possess. Emphasizes the importance of safety in the construction industry.

    Introduction to Materials Handling (5 Hours)
    Recognizes hazards associated with materials handling and explains proper materials handling techniques and procedures. Also introduces materials handling equipment, and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks.

    Construction Math (15 Hours)
    Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

    Construction Drawings and Blueprint Reading (12.5 Hours)
    Introduces the basic elements of construction drawings. The common components of drawings are presented, as well as the most common drawing types. The use of drawing scales and how to measure drawings is also covered. Examines plot plans, structural drawings, elevation drawings, as-built drawings, equipment arrangement drawings, P&IDs, isometric drawings, basic circuit diagrams, and detail sheets.

    Basic Electrical Construction Drawings (7.5 Hours)
    Focuses on electrical prints, drawings, and symbols. Teaches the types of information that can be found on schematics, one-lines, and wiring diagrams.

    Basic Safety (12.5 Hours)
    Presents basic jobsite safety information to prepare workers for the construction environment. Describes the common causes of workplace incidents and accidents and how to avoid them. Introduces common PPE, including equipment required for work at height, and its proper use. Information related to safety in several specific environments, including welding areas and confined spaces, is also provided.

    Introduction to Construction Equipment (7.5 Hours)
    Introduces light construction equipment, including the aerial lift, skid steer loader, electric power generator, compressor, compactor, and forklift. An overview of general safety, operation, and maintenance procedures is provided.

    Site Layout I: Differential Leveling (22.5 Hours)
    Covers the principles, equipment, and methods used to perform differential leveling. Also covers the layout responsibilities of surveyors, field engineers, and carpenters; interpretation and use of site/plot plan drawings; the use of laser instruments; and methods used for on-site communication.

    Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms (5 Hours)
    Describes the ingredients of concrete, discusses the various types of concrete, and describes how to mix concrete. The module also covers basic job-built footing, edge, and wall forms and form ties and describes the types and uses of concrete reinforcing materials.

    Handling and Placing Concrete (22.5 Hours)
    Covers tools, equipment, and procedures for safely handling, placing, and finishing concrete. Describes joints made in concrete structures and the use of joint sealants.

    Semester 2
    Introduction to Masonry (20 Hours)
    Introduces the trainee to the historic and current materials and processes used in the masonry trade and covers safety concerns specific to the trade. Explains the uses of brick and concrete block, along with basic techniques for mixing mortar and laying masonry units. Covers opportunities in the trade. Allows the trainee to mix mortar and perform basic bricklaying.

    Masonry Units and Installation Techniques (60 Hours)
    Covers all types of concrete and clay masonry units and their applications. Explains the use of ties and reinforcing materials. Covers the processes used in placing masonry units, including layout and setup, spreading mortar, cutting brick and block, laying to the line, making corners, tooling joints, patching, and cleanup.

    Floor Systems (25 Hours)
    Covers framing basics as well as the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber as well as engineered building materials.

    Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives (7.5 Hours)
    Introduces the building materials used in construction work, including lumber, sheet materials, engineered wood products, structural concrete, and structural steel. Also describes the fasteners and adhesives used in construction work. Discusses the methods of squaring a building.

    Hand and Power Tools (7.5 Hours)
    Provides descriptions of hand tools and power tools used by carpenters. Emphasizes safe and proper operation, as well as care and maintenance.

    Wall and Ceiling Framing (20 Hours)
    Describes the procedures for laying out and framing walls and ceilings, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing corners and partition Ts, bracing walls and ceilings, and applying sheathing.

    Roof Framing (37.5 Hours)
    Describes the various kinds of roofs and contains instructions for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs, and valley intersections. Coverage includes both stick-built and truss-built roofs.

    Roofing Applications (25 Hours)
    Covers the common materials used in residential and light commercial roofing, along with the safety practices and application methods for these materials. Includes shingles, roll roofing, shakes, tiles, metal, and membrane roofs, as well as the selection and installation of roof vents.

    Exterior Finishing (35 Hours)
    Covers the various types of exterior siding used in residential construction and their installation procedures, including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding.

    Basic Stair Layout (12.5 Hours)
    Introduces types of stairs and common building code requirements related to stairs. Focuses on techniques for measuring and calculating rise, run, and stairwell openings, laying out stringers, and fabricating basic stairways.

    Boundary and Topography Surveys (10 Hours)
    Contains information and instructions for gathering, recording, and plotting profile and cross-section leveling data. Includes plot and site plans to identify rights-of-way, utilities, setbacks, boundaries, and tie-in locations.

    Semester 3
    Electrical Safety (15 Hours)
    Covers safety rules and regulations for electricians. Describes the necessary precautions to take for various electrical hazards found on the job. Also teaches the mandated lockout/tagout procedure.

    Electrical Theory (7.5 Hours)
    Introduces series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Covers resistive circuits, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, and circuit analysis.

    Introduction to Electrical Circuits (7.5 Hours)
    Introduces electrical concepts used in Ohm’s law applied to DC series circuits. Covers atomic theory, electromotive force, resistance, and electric power equations.

    Residential Electrical Services (15 Hours)
    Covers the electrical devices and wiring techniques common to residential construction and maintenance. Allows trainees to practice making service calculations.

    Plumbing Safety (22.5 Hours)
    Discusses the causes of accidents and their consequences and repercussions in terms of delays, increased expenses, injury, and loss of life. Reviews the types and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Instructs trainees in the use of critical safety information conveyed in hazard communication (HazCom), safety signs, signals, lockout/tagout, and emergency response. Covers confined-space safety, and reviews safety issues related to hand and power tools.

    Introduction to Drain, Waste, and Vent (DWV) Systems (10 Hours)
    Explains how DWV systems remove waste safely and effectively. Discusses how system components, such as pipe, drains, traps, and vents, work. Reviews drain and vent sizing, grade, and waste treatment. Also discusses how building sewers and sewer drains connect the DWV system to the public sewer system.

    Plastic Pipe and Fittings (10 Hours)
    Introduces trainees to the different types of plastic pipe and fittings used in plumbing applications, including ABS, PVC, CPVC, PE, PEX, and PB. Describes how to measure, cut, join, and support plastic pipe according to manufacturer’s instructions and applicable codes. Also discusses pressure testing of plastic pipe once installed.

    Copper Pipe and Fittings (10 Hours)
    Discusses sizing, labeling, and applications of copper pipe and fittings and reviews the types of valves that can be used on copper pipe systems. Explains proper methods for cutting, joining, and installing copper pipe. Also addresses insulation, pressure testing, seismic codes, and handling and storage requirements.

    Plumbing Fixtures (7.5 Hours)
    Discusses the proper applications of code-approved fixtures in plumbing installations. Reviews the different types of fixtures and the materials used in them. Also covers storage, handling, and code requirements.

    Introduction to Water Distribution Systems (10 Hours)
    Identifies the major components of water distribution systems and describes their functions. Reviews water sources and treatment methods and covers supply and distribution for the different types of systems that trainees will install on the job.

    Data Collection and Basic Computer Skills (10 Hours)
    Covers the use of integrated total station systems and GPS surveying systems. Explains the use of integrated field and office software to collect and manage data.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00