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Pre-Apprenticeship Food Processing/Millwright for Women

College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

The pre-apprenticeship Food Processing/Millwright for Women program consists of 23 weeks in-school and 8 weeks on-the-job and will equip students with the basic skills required to secure a position as an apprentice. The curriculum provides the student with basic level apprentice training, to increase the student's general level of knowledge about the millwright and food processing industries. An eight-week placement, academic upgrading and employment strategies are also included in the program curriculum. Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in either the millwright and food processing trades or further training in a related field.

See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: One-year Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: May
First-Year Capacity: 18

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Objectives

What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit:

Program Courses

Course Details (1387)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ATST1010 Academic Upgrading

Description: This component will include those subject areas as identified by the assessment tests and/or the student's current academic credentials as requiring upgrading. Most students will require some degree of Math upgrading and in anticipation of this, the department has created a Pre-Apprenticeship Math for Construction course which may include calculator use, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, integers, formula manipulations, ratio and proportion, metric measurement, geometry (2D & 3D) and basic trigonometry. English objectives may include reading, basic grammar, forms, letter writing and report writing. Access to upgrading will be offered on an ongoing basis throughout the length of the training period. Participants that do not possess the academic entry to the trade will prepare to take the GED test prior to the work placement component.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

COMP1127 Computer Applications

Description: Students will receive training on computer operating systems (Windows), as well as training on basic word processing and spreadsheets.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2

ETR1120 Employment Strategies and Workplace Exposure

Description: Students will prepare to enter the job market and will be given the opportunity explore a variety of workplaces in this course. Life-long career planning strategies will be the focus including networking, interview and researching skills; developing a personalized resume and cover letter; and understanding current labour market information. They will also develop and enhance skills in teamwork, decision making and goal setting. A variety of workplace tours will be included to increase their knowledge of the trade and industry.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3

FOOD1075 Food Processing Basics

Description: This course will give students an introduction to the Food and Beverage Processing Industry, and also cover principles of food science and food composition and basic processing methods. Students will be introduced to food processing equipment.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1

FOOD1205 Food Safety - Level 1

Description: The Food Safety Course is designed to provide the student with general knowledge of food safety including food safety hazards, Good Manufacturing Practices and food safety systems, as well as basic knowledge of food plant security and of the impact of food manufacturing on the environment. The content is based on the MTCU schedule of training for a Process Operator - Food Manufacturing apprenticeship program.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5

FOOD1335 Effective Cleaning & Sanitation - Theory and Applications

Description: This course will give students in-depth knowledge of effective Cleaning and Sanitation in the food processing industry. Specific methods of treatment and elimination, main causes of environmental cleanliness failure, specific agents and the science base for choosing the most effective ways to perform and evaluate cleanliness, will be presented. Methods of detection and correction will be explored from a theoretical and practical point of view. Students will perform testing of cleaning agents, practice cleaning and sanitation tasks and assess the efficacy of cleaning and sanitation procedures by on-site visual inspections, microbiological and ATP testing, on actual food manufacturing lines. Students will create a Master Cleaning Schedule and SSOP's.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1

MILL1210 Introduction to Millwrighting

Description: Students will develop knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, and fire/electrical/chemical hazards. Students will also develop skills in the selection, safe use and care of cutting and non-cutting tools and in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

OHS1125 Occupational Health and Safety for Industrial Environments

Description: This course will address the need identified in industrial environments for increased awareness to hazardous situations and the resulting reduction of workplace injuries and accidents. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the obligations, rights and responsibilities of employees, supervisors/managers and employers and how to affect change in their future workplaces toward Health and Safety regulatory compliance. Students will also have an understanding of WHMIS/GHS, of Safe Work Practices, PPE and it's applications, Confined Space awareness and Lockout/Tagout principles. The students will navigate the legislative framework specific to health and safety in industrial environments and incorporate techniques to address hazard recognition and potential for accidents. Students will have an understanding of how to respond to and record the legal, economical, technical, and personal dimensions associated with hazard awareness in industrial environments.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1

Level 2
DRWG1480 Drawings And Schematics I

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and schematics.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

ELEC1090 Electrical I

Description: This course introduces the student to the basic knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, electrical components and circuits, electrical safety and application.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1

MILL1300 Workshop Practice I

Description: This course will develop in the apprentice, knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Also, skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as units of measurement used in the trade, and skill in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3

MILL1310 Workshop Technology I

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of the principles of cutting and the relationship between speeds and feeds during the various machining operations.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

MILL1320 Machine Technology I

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, basic heat treatment procedures, and knowledge and applications of fasteners. Also skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as types, properties and applications of lubricants.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

MILL1330 Rigging & Hoisting

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the knowledge of correct lifting and hoisting procedures and the safe use of all equipment
Hours: 24
Credits: 2

WELD1090 Welding I

Description: This level 1 course will develop knowledge and ability to setup and operate Oxy-fuel and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (“Stick”) equipment to, where applicable, weld, braze, solder and cut, safely and to specifications. This course is delivered with both theory and hands-on skills components. Demonstrations of other shop equipment will also be delivered.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

Level 3
FPLT1010 Field Placement (Food Processing/Millwright Women)

Description: Students will participate in on-the-job training using the apprenticeship training standards for the Basic Level of their respective trade. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-school portion of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills.
Hours: 280
Credits: 10

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please contact 519-824-9390, ext. 5484 or 519-885-0300, ext. 5484 or

Kristen Goetz
519-885-0300 ext 5484

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


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