This 16 week program provides theory and hands-on training for the roofing field - industrial, commercial and residential - and foundational skills in construction carpentry. The program is designed to give students safety training and an opportunity to strengthen their math and communications skills through academic upgrading if required. Students will learn to safely and properly operate equipment found on the construction site. They will have opportunities to use roofing materials and supplies and to practise the selection, preparation and installation of roofing materials.
Length: 16-week Ontario College Certificate program Delivery Sequence: Waterloo - September/2013 (Suspended) - Fall Location: Waterloo Start: September First-Year Capacity: 24 Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
Employ basic tools, materials, supplies and PPE (personal Protective equipment) properly and appropriately, in keeping with safe work practices as specified in the residential and ICI (industrial, commercial and institutional) roofing sectors.
Solve basic roofing problems through analysis and the application of mathematics and other problem solving tools and processes
Communicate with supervisors and co-workers as an effective roofing trades team member.
Interpret the essential elements of construction contracts, drawings, relevant codes, plans and specifications using standard conventions, techniques and equipment.
Work in compliance with the accepted principles and practices of the roofing industry
Explain the working relationships between construction trades and other disciplines including the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering disciplines
Identify opportunities in construction trades including apprenticeships, other academic options and employment possibilities.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or 19 years of age or older with mature student status. (See Mature Student Definition for details.)
Note re: Admission Requirements
Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
Mature students must demonstrate their potential to work at the postsecondary level in one of two ways:
By successfully completing equivalency testing in English and/or mathematics; or
By completing a program of academic upgrading at a level appropriate to the program of choice.
Final Selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements
Applicants are advised that the ability to work at heights and in various climatic conditions are frequent prerequisites for employment in this field. The physical demands of this program reflect industry requirements (e.g. lifting, carrying, climbing. etc.) and require students to be physically fit in order to participate adequately.
Applicants who require upgrading in mathematics and/or communications are advised to enrol in the Academic Upgrading (ACE) program at Conestoga.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Description: Students will apply 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 hand and power tools and practice safe use of the common tools encountered on a construction site specifically related to the Carpentry field. In addition, students will identify materials used within the residential sector and learn to read simple drawings and specifications. Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices. Hours: 64 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course is designed to increase the student's understanding of the world of work by presenting such topics as employer expectations in areas such as the requisite attitude, skills, and knowledge required to gain and maintain employment. Students will be required to be involved in a self-assessment designed to assist with the development and enhancement of self-marketing skills. As well, students will have opportunities to evaluate and interpret the way in which work is marketed. Through these processes, students will be exposed to some of the expectations, rules and regulations that apply to the world of work and will have an increased appreciation for the impact of social, organizational, personal and ethical issues as they relate to the world of work and the industry in which they will be working. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to contractor 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 trade environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Students will also learn how to deal with customer service in a construction environment. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This safety course provides information on safe and unsafe working conditions and practices on a typical roofing jobsite. Students will learn the procedures for lifting, hoisting and proper rigging techniques. Students will also learn to inspect the job site, determine hazards and to use proper tag-out and lock-out procedures, as well as recognize situations that are deemed unsafe in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They will learn 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 scaffolds and ladders, both when working on sloped and flat roofs. This course combines classroom theory with job site practice. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will gain an overview of the roofing trade and roofing applications on a construction site. Roofing related tools, equipment, materials and supplies will be discussed. Topics will include how to prepare and dismantle a site according to industry specifications, the procedures for applying roofs and the preparation of roof surfaces 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: 80 Credits: 5 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The student will be able to use safe working practices and procedures relevant to the roofing industry. They will select and safely use a variety of hand tools and equipment used in various roofing systems. They will be able to install, as well as remove, various types of roofing systems. Hours: 224 Credits: 11 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course includes calculator use, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, integers, formula manipulations, ratio and proportion, metric measurement, geometry (2D & 3D) and basic trigonometry. Students will be required to use basic math and problem solving skills as they plan, prepare and build masonry units. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Graduates can expect to find entry level employment in the construction industry or a traditional apprenticeship in the roofing trade.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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