Program Overview

Pre-Technology is a one-year Ontario College Certificate program that prepares students to make the difficult choice in choosing a career path. Courses within this program dive into different areas of technology to help students prepare for the next step. Graduates of this program will discover pathways they can pursue in various academic schools.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
Day Time
Preparatory Program
Duration Next
30 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 September
2024 January
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 September
2024 January

Your Learning Experience

Choosing a career in the science, trades and technology sectors can be difficult. With so many options available, the Pre-Technology program gives you the time and confidence to find a career path that is right for you. 


This exciting one-year Ontario College Certificate program allows you to delve into various areas of technology and will help you prepare for and decide on your next step. You’ll study with a hands-on approach, exploring a variety of technology subjects such as AutoCAD, practical electronics, welding, machining, computer applications, health and safety, physics and transportation.


In addition, you’ll discover pathways to career programs in the Faculty of Technology, including Building Technology, Applied Science and Technology, Transportation Technology, Aviation and Aerospace Technology as well as some technology programs offered at the Regional Campuses.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Pre-Technology program will have the broad hands-on experience to help make an informed decision on what technology program they want to pursue further. During the course, students explore a wide range of technology including AutoCAD, practical electronics, welding, machining, computer applications, health and safety, physics and transportation. 


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Pre-Technology program:

Press Operator
Responsible for various tasks along an automotive assembly line including operating a metal stamping press and quality assurance.

Apprentice Technician
Assist with the service, repair and maintenance of customer- and dealer-owned vehicles.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

1. Develop a career plan for a specific trade or technical field.

2. Work safely and in accordance with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to enhance personal and public safety.

3. Select, use and operate safely the tools and equipment used by workers within trades and technology.

4. Solve routine technical problems by applying fundamental mathematics and scientific principles.

5. Assist in the interpretation and preparation of drawings, blueprints and other related documents and graphics.

6. Provide input into the information and maintenance of project records, logs, inventories and other required workplace documents.

7. Solve trade and technology-related problems, using the correct computer software and tools.

8. Assemble, test, and modify basic products using a variety of technology and trades- related techniques.


Program Coordinator:

Dean Smith

Program Pathways

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Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation


  • Admission to the Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to any College program. Successful completion of the Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying for a career program in the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology, the School of Applied Science and Technology, the School of Transportation Technology and Apprenticeship, the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology and some technology programs offered at the Regional Campuses.
English Language Requirements

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

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) OR Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course and Physics course
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. 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)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACAD-1007Skills for Success2
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain insight into their personal/learning styles and to develop academic mastery. Students will practice the skills needed to be successful college students and begin to formulate meaningful career plans. Students will establish a knowledge base of campus resources that support their success and will develop and/or enhance the academic skills critical for success.
CADD-1012Introduction to AutoCAD2
This course will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of computer aided design and drafting while developing general computer skills such as file management and using the web.
This is an introductory course in chemistry. It will provide the basic language, definitions, and concepts necessary for the understanding of the theory, and the practical application of chemistry in advanced courses. Problem solving is included.
COMP-1403Computer Applications2
This online course will provide students with entry level skills through an introduction to software applications used in the workplace. The fundamentals of the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, computer hardware basics and entry level internet skills are also introduced. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform basic computer activities in a professional setting.
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.
ELNC-1108Practical Electronics3.5
This course provides entry-level knowledge in the field of Electricity and Electronics to those who might wish to go on and pursue Electrical / Electronics subjects at a higher level or to seek employment in the Electrical / Electronics Industry. Students will find that this knowledge of Basic Electrical / Electronics will give them confidence and will prove to be useful during their first years in a Technical program. The modules are broad outlooks focused on each topics major concepts, circuits, formulas and vocabulary.
MACH-1124Machining 12
This course will provide an outline of the basic machining processes with an emphasis on machine setup & tooling. Calculations for speed, feed rate, machining times & production cost will present an overall view of production machining.
MATH-3068Mathematics: Theory to Practice3
This course is for students who need to refresh or upgrade their mathematical knowledge and skills in preparation for entry into the College Qualifying Mathematics course (MATH 3069). It will cover topics such as operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and exponents, as well as applications of these operations including ratios, proportions and percents. Attention is paid to deconstructing mathematical theories and applications in a student-centered environment permitting students to comprehend mathematical theory as it applies to real-world scenarios. It is strongly recommended that students who need review or preparation in foundational mathematics take this course.
MATH-3069College Qualifying Mathematics3
This course is for students who need a qualifying credit in Mathematics for entry into college programs. It is based on the Ontario standards for Grade 12 College Preparation Mathematics and will cover topics such as algebra, graphing, conversions, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
MOTP-1048Engine Technologies 1-Intro3
This course outlines the basic introduction to propulsion systems used in the automotive,truck, and aircraft industries. Outcomes cover the various aspects of safety in the workplace, engine fundamentals, and design. Propulsion systems include controls for fuel delivery within four-stroke, gasoline, diesel, and turbine engines. Students will be able to identifyvarious engines and fuel system components, and monitor theoperation within different lab settings.
MOTP-1049Engine Technologies 2-Intro1.5
This course is designed to run in sequence with MOTP1048. Students will utilizeaviation engine sub-systems, diesel engines and diesel engine sub-systems and automotive engines and automotive engine sub systems to study and identify variouspropulsion systems in various lab settings.
PHYS-1035Physics-Health & Pre-Tech3
This course develops students understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
SFTY-1029Health & Safety3
This course will familiarize students with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Construction Regulations, governing bodies, and safety best practices, relevant to the construction industry in the province of Ontario.
WELD-1054 Is designed to provide both theoretical and practical instruction in: welding shop safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Oxy-Fuel and Plasma cutting.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
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.
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.