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Exploring The Trades


You May Be Interested If:

You have an interest in a career in a science, technology or apprenticeship. You can take your first step toward a career as a professional trades person or technologist/technician through the dual credit program – and there’s no better place to start than Sheridan.

What Students Are Saying About This Program

“It was a good opportunity to learn and get hands on experience. I would come to Sheridan again. Better than high school!” 

What Will I Learn/Do?

You'll be taking three courses: one that will give you some basic construction skills, one that will give you some insight into machining and one course that will teach you how to stay safe on the job.

Secondary Credits 
Days/Wk 5
# wks 7
Hrs/Day 5
Term Spring 
Campus/City Davis/Brampton
Courses Introduction To
Construction Trades
Introduction To
Industrial Trades
Manufacturing Trade Safety
Dual Credit Codes TSL4T TRQ4T TME4T
College Codes MACH16367 MACH17370 ENGI18634

Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Construction Trades:

You will learn a variety of working techniques applicable to the construction industry such as: Carpentry, framing, dry walling taping and finishing. You will be involved in the building of structures, the installation of wire items including lights, electrical receptacles and switches, etc. You will also experience the basic fundamentals of installing plumbing fixtures.

Introduction to Industrial Trades:

You will be introduced to a variety of machining techniques used by various skilled workers in the machining and tooling manufacturing sectors such as: Tool and Die Maker, Tool Maker, General Machinist, Machine Tool Builder and Integrator, and Pattern Maker. You will practice the safe setup and operation of different types of machine tools including: Engine Lathes, Milling Machines, Drill Presses, and Pedestal Grinders. Students are taught safe lifting techniques, as well as rigging and hoisting. You will also learn to assemble and disassemble mechanical equipment such as motors, gear boxes etc. You will be exposed to the basic fundamentals of oxy-fuel cutting, brazing and welding, plasma cutting, as well as shielded metal arc welding.

Trade Safety

In this course you are taught how to stay safe in a potentially dangerous environment. You will learn how to identify hazardous conditions, use welding machinery/equipment safely and learn how to prevent workplace accidents. You will also have an opportunity to complete the First Aid Standard with Level C CPR certification.

Pathways to Full Time Sheridan Programs:

Your dual credit program offers you the chance to get a head start on the full time one year Technology Fundamentals program, which offers an Ontario College Certificate. If you apply and are offered admission to this full time program, the courses you complete successfully in your dual credit program will be counted as already completed.

Further Academic/Career Pathways:

The Technology Fundamentals program provides a pathway for individuals who would like to become apprentices or proceed into further college programs leading to jobs as technicians/technologists in a diverse set of industries, namely, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering architecture, energy systems and electromechanical. After program completion, job opportunities may also be available in technical marketing since this program covers the basics of all technical fields.