Co-op program details

Carpentry and Renovation Technician (Optional Co-op)

Program details

Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The Carpentry and Renovation Technician program prepares individuals for a career in the residential and light commercial construction sector. Students learn how to apply technical skills to solve a number of construction and renovation challenges. The first year of the program focuses on the interior and exterior construction of residential and light commercial buildings. The second year focuses on renovation of existing structures, project planning, and construction of common outdoor structures.

The program includes the content from level one of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship, and as a result, graduates can be exempt from Level 1.

Student availability & wage data

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.

Work/Study Sequence

Year Fall (Sept - Dec) Winter (Jan - Apr) Spring (May - Aug)
Year 1 Classes Classes Work Term: $17-21
Year 2 Classes Classes

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.

Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.

Work term capabilities

Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.

Work term

  • Assist with building from formwork to interior finishes.
  • Assist in the preparation of material estimations and quotes.
  • Safely use hand tools and portable and stationary power tools when performing layout, cutting, fitting, and assembly operations.
  • Select a range of materials and equipment for their appropriate application to building construction and renovation projects.
  • Solve problems related to the implementation of building construction and renovation projects.
  • Comply with health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.

Sample job titles

Work term:

  • Apprentice Carpenter
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter-Joiner
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Journeyman/woman Carpenter
  • Maintenance Carpenter
  • Metal Framer - Carpentry
  • Renovation Carpenter
  • Rough Carpenter
  • Stair Builder-Carpenter

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Contact information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Ken Buitenhuis
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220, ext. 3216