Overview - 2020/2021
Are you looking to become a leader in the residential construction and renovation industry? The Carpentry and Renovation Technician program will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to achieve your goals.
What you learn in carpentry school
In your first year of study, you will develop a foundation of knowledge and hands-on skills with respect to tools, blueprint reading, layout, materials, methods and construction practices for residential construction projects. In the second year of our carpentry school, you will take your technical knowledge and skills to the next level with the study of advanced tool use, exterior and interior finishing, as well as an introduction to plumbing, electrical and HVAC. You will also build your leadership and management skills through the study and application of quantity surveying, estimating, small business operation, scheduling, and property development.
Prepare yourself for endless opportunity in the dynamic field of residential construction and renovation through Fanshawe's carpentry program.
This two year program has two co-operative education work terms. Students can choose to participate in a four-month paid co-op term from May to August between years one and two of academic study. The second four-month work term will take place from May to August following the completion of the second year of academic study.
Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma.
CRT1 program progression
Fall (September) start date:
Fall Winter Summer Start Level 1 Level 2 Co-op Level 3 Level 4 Co-op
Admission Requirements - 2020/2021
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
- *Applicants who lack the required course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Summer employment in construction or related activity
- Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course.
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Carpentry and Renovation Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Carpentry and Renovation Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Carpentry and Renovation Technician program.
Carpentry and Renovation Technician-2020/2021
Level 1 CONS-1047 Drawings & Takeoff-Intro 3 The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basics of reading building construction blueprints for residential projects. In addition, students will be introduced to basic construction quantity takeoff to help reinforce the reading and interpretation of blueprints. MATS-1024 Materials & Methods 1 4 This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in excavation, formwork and floor framing. COMP-1327 Computer Applications 3 This course will provide a study of word processing and spreadsheet functions as utilized by the construction industry. This study will be applied to the efficient creation of reports and to the utilization of spreadsheets to produce construction project related data. CONS-1076 Forming & Framing 3 In this course, students will apply residential building knowledge in a hands on, project driven learning environment. Building layout, concrete formwork and floor framing will be the main focus of study throughout the term. CONS-1077 Tools-Intro 2.5 In this course students will be introduced to the safe use, care and maintenance of a variety of hand, portable, and stationary power tools typically used in residential construction. The practical nature of this project-driven course will facilitate accurate, efficient and effective use of construction tools. COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep 1 This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term. Level 2 WRIT-1039 Reason & Writing 1-Technology 3 This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. CONS-5014 Framing Methods 4.5 In this course, students will apply residential building knowledge in a hands on project driven learning environment. Floor, wall, and roof framing will be the main focus of study throughout the term. MATS-1025 Materials & Methods 2 4 This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in framing and exterior finishing. Green and sustainable building practice will be an underlying theme throughout the course. CONS-3020 Construction Takeoff & Ordering 3 In this course, the student will be introduced to general quantity surveying principles, and basic rules for take-off. Students will calculate lengths, areas, and volumes for a single storey residential/commercial building on a level site. Included will be the calculation of quantities in the following area: site work, excavation, concrete, formwork, masonry and framing. Students will incorporate blue-print reading, code requirements and safety regulations in preparing the above quantities. DRAF-1060 Graphic Communication 2 This course will take the knowledge gained from Intro to Drawings & Takeoff and apply it to prepare preliminary and working drawings. Basic orthographic and isometric sketching skills, which are a useful communication tool on the job site, will also be covered. HIST-1045 Canadian Residential Building History 3 This course is a study of residential construction techniques and materials in Canada from the Victorian era until the present. Significant developments in style, technology, and techniques of construction will be studied to provide the student with and understanding of the evolution of residential construction. Level 3 MECH-1101 HVAC Systems 3 This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design and installation of residential and light commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems as well as an introduction to estimating HVAC materials and pricing selection from common trade sources. MGMT-1231 Construction Administration 1 4 Students will be introduced to aspects of managing the operation of a business and management of projects from the perspective of general contractors. Students will examine the fundamentals of building code, permit process and project specifications. General business principles, human resources, financial management, job costing and contracts will also be covered. CONS-3021 Construction Estimating 1 3 In this course, students will take-off and prepare quantities for residential buildings. Included will be the applications of principles and recognized methods for take-off. The students will prepare quantities in the areas of foundations, wood framing, and exterior cladding. After preparing the quantities, the students will integrate material, labour, and equipment unit pricing. LAWS-1030 Contracts in Society 3 This course will provide the student with an understanding of contractual rights and responsibilities in Canadian Society, as well as an historical understanding of the development of legal principles of contract law in Canada. This course will also focus on understanding the individual's relationship with others in society as governed by contract law. MATS-3016 Materials & Methods 3 3 Materials and methods applied in residential exterior finish is the focus of this hands-on course. Students will identify appropriate building materials, tools and processes necessary to install a variety of exterior finishes on a home. Practical skills will be developed during the lab component offered in a simulated work place environment. SURV-1011 Building Layout 3 This course will introduce students to basic surveying methods and commonly used equipment. Exercises in leveling, setting grades, and building layout will be conducted. Students will be introduced to basic calculations for grading, lot bearings, and determining angles from bearings. Level 4 MGMT-5073 Construction Administration 2 4 In Construction Administration students will gain the ability to plan a residential building project and assess the feasibility of an income property from a management perspective. Students will demonstrate the use of computers and appropriate software to research, create and interpret relevant data necessary to complete assigned tasks. Group and individual exercises will drive the content of this management course. COMP-5061 Construction Software 4 This course will introduce the students to computer aided design programs, which will enable them to access and manipulate residential construction drawings using design software. Other software will be introduced as a tool for creating conceptual models. PLUM-3012 Plumbing Systems 2 This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design, installation, and terminology of residential and light commercial plumbing systems as well as an introduction to estimating plumbing materials and pricing selection from common trade sources. ELEC-1142 Electrical Systems 2 This electrical course will give the students a basic understanding of electrical installation requirements and electrical terminology as it applies to the construction trades. CONS-3045 Construction Estimating 2 3 Students will continue to takeoff quantities for a 2 storey residential project including items of insulation, air-moisture-vapour barriers, exterior cladding, roofing and interior finishes. Students will continue to estimate costs using materials, equipment and labour unit rates, and determine productivity factors for these items of work. MATS-5008 Materials & Methods 4 3 This course will provide the construction technician student with the knowledge and skills required to plan, organize, and execute the interior finishing of a typical residential construction project. Students will continue the examination of materials, building techniques, planning and installation which will be used on the jobsite. CONS-5034 Tools-Adv 2 This hands-on project driven course will enable students to gain abilities in the advanced use of tools and equipment required in residential construction. Students will synthesize performance properties, potential and limitations of equipment, material and processes in order to construct five take home projects. Training and certification in the use of specialized equipment relative to the construction sector will also be offered within the course.
Careers - 2020/2021
Graduates of this program will find opportunities within the residential and light commercial industries with general contractors, builders, developers, and building material suppliers. Graduates may fill various roles including carpenter's assistant, crew leader, site supervisor or technical representative. Graduates may also consider pursuing a General Carpentry Apprenticeship or starting their own construction company.
More Information - 2020/2021A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma ProgramProgram Code: CRT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactDonald J. Smith School of Building Technology: 519-452-4414
Program DescriptionThe program prepares students for a career in the residential construction industry. Courses are designed to provide the technical knowledge required to perform the construction, estimating, and scheduling associated with the building of one and two-storey houses, duplexes and townhouses. A portion of the program is devoted to the acquisition of hands-on skills pertaining to the construction field.
This two year program has two Co-operative Education work terms. Students can choose to participate in a four-month paid co-op term from May to August between years one and two of academic study. The second four-month work term will take place from May to August following the completion of the second year of academic study.
Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
1. develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance and explore career opportunities.
2. comply with health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
3. assist in the preparation of material estimations and quotes and complete all work in compliance with the rights and conditions of contractual obligations, the Ontario and/or National Building Codes, applicable laws, bylaws, standards and ethical practices in the construction, renovation and conservation building fields.
4. incorporate sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction, renovation and conservation projects in accordance with sustainable building guidelines.
5. communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors, coworkers and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships.
6. interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
7. select and use technologies to obtain, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
8. solve problems related to the implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of basic technical mathematics, building design and building science.
9. select, maintain and safely use hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, when performing layout, cutting, fitting and assembly operations.
10. complete building and renovation stages, from site layout and footings to the application of interior and exterior finishes, in accordance with blueprint specifications and conservation principles.
11. select a range of materials and equipment for their appropriate application to building construction and renovation projects.
12. schedule and assist in monitoring the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying basic principles andstrategies of project management.
13. apply basic business principles and strategies to the operation of a building construction and/or renovation enterprise.