Construction Foundations


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Level 1

Course details

Carpentry Theory and Practice


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: 32
  • Credits: 2
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Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Introduction to Construction

Description: This course will provide a detailed overview of the program and introduce the students to the basics of construction safety and personal protective equipment. Students will practice the use of typical trade measuring equipment and will also be exposed to the coordination of sub-trade work typically completed during the construction process. The content also includes a review of current opportunities and trends within the industry, in addition to ideas/direction on entering the various trade areas.
  • Hours: 7
  • Credits: 1
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Fundamental Skills for Construction

Description: This course will provide a broad overview of fundamentals including construction health and safety, communication in the workplace, document use, math for construction, financial literacy/budgeting, teamwork, time management/organizational skills, interview skills and resume development.
  • Hours: 105
  • Credits: 7
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Exploring Electrical

Description: This course is designed to introduce the students to the basics of residential electrical installations. Students will take part in both theoretical and practical studies to provide them with the basic knowledge of the skills, and safety procedures required for proper electrical installations. The residential, commercial, and industrial sectors will be discussed along with approaches needed to complete small scale electrical projects. The focus of the course will expose the students to the importance of quality, workmanship, and career opportunities within the electrical field.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Residential Plumbing Basics

Description: This course will introduce students to the basic tools, materials, equipment, methods and current regulations as they relate to the residential plumbing field. Students will demonstrate the basic ability to identify, select and install common plumbing piping materials and fixtures as they would be used in field practice. This course will introduce students to the Ontario Building Code relating to Plumbing. Students will use the current regulations to install typical residential fixtures and associated piping and venting.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Identify various building materials and where they are used in the construction process.
  2. Employ tools and materials appropriate to their purpose and function and in keeping with safe work practices within the construction sector.
  3. Solve common construction industry problems by assessing the situation and applying mathematics and other problem solving tools and processes.
  4. Communicate effectively with a variety of customers, clients and co-workers at the entry (laborer) level.
  5. Interpret relevant specifications, plans, and construction drawings.
  6. Work in compliance with the theory and the accepted principles and practices of the construction industry trades.
  7. Identify the diverse opportunities in construction trades spanning apprenticeships, academic programs, and work options.