Overview

A Workforce Development Sponsored Program, offered in partnership with Hydro One

The Pre-Technology (Electrical) Ontario Certificate program is being offered in partnership with Hydro One as a result of their long-time commitment to and support of education in this field. The program is designed to encourage Indigenous students from the north to apply; however, the program is open to all students. This program has been created to support regional workforce development, specifically to help increase the number of qualified candidates able to work in the electrical field. FIRST semester expenses including tuition, residence accommodations and a meal plan are eligible for Hydro One sponsorship. Eligible students may apply for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Funding and OSAP to assist with costs for the second and third semesters.

This program is designed to provide students with the skills and academic requirements necessary to pursue further post-secondary education in engineering technology and skilled trades programs and apprenticeships. Students will participate in classroom lectures, hands-on lab experiences and industry certifications. Graduates of this program will receive the knowledge necessary to develop a concrete career direction, improve critical thinking skills, use problem-solving techniques and develop crucial life skills essential for personal and career success.

 


Background of Program Sponsor - Hydro One

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

Ontario’s updated long-term Energy Plan encourages conservation and provides the clean, reliable and affordable energy Ontario will need now and into the future. It balances five principles that will guide future decisions: cost effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation.

Indigenous Engagement

photo of Kim (aboriginal) with power transformers

Photo Courtesy: Hydro One - Kim working at a transformer station

The government understands the importance of First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) participation in the development of energy and conservation projects and as such will continue to review participation programs to ensure they provide opportunities for FNMI communities.

Hydro One Background

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Hydro One has been powering Ontario for over 100 years. The company has a long history in the electricity services industry dating back to 1906 when the Ontario Legislature passed the Power Commission Act establishing the then Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario (HEPC).

Photo Courtesy: Hydro One - Power Line Maintainer

Hydro One is renewing Ontario’s transmission and distribution grid to continue to connect customers to safe and reliable electricity. Guided by Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, Hydro One is helping to build a clean, modern and dependable electricity system for current and future generations.

photo of Jory - Hydro One employee

Photo Courtesy: Hydro One - Jory

Hydro One: Partners in Powerful Communities. Honouring Aboriginal Students. Promoting Electricity Discovery


Additional Information

  • The number of sponsored seats are limited.
  • Student selection will occur in March 2017
  • Program Start Date: May 1, 2017
  • First Semester will be offered in Thunder Bay. Students may be able to attend Semester 2 & 3 classes at one of the following regional campuses subject to enrollment: Dryden, Lake of the Woods (Kenora), Rainy River District (Fort Frances) and Sioux Lookout.
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Program Outcomes

The program outcomes for the Pre-Technology (Electrical) program are listed below. These outline what those enrolled in the program can expect to learn and accomplish before graduation.

  1. Enhance mathematical literacy by solving technical problems using arithmetic, fractions, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  2. Solve technical problems and perform technical tasks by applying principles of mathematics and science.
  3. Develop study skill strategies required for success in post-secondary programs.
  4. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and career development to enhance work performance in multi-disciplinary workplaces.
  5. Select, use and maintain machinery, tools and equipment safely and competently as required in various technical fields.
  6. Use various computer applications appropriately and in a manner relevant to technical workplaces.
  7. Make an active and constructive contribution to group projects and discussions. 

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Graduates will be granted:

  1. Pre-Technology Ontario Certificate
  2. Personal and Career Development Certificate

Graduates will also earn industry certifications including, but not limited to:

  1. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certification
  2. First Aid and CPR Certification
  3. Fall Protection Systems Certification 

Program Outline

Semester 1 - 12 Weeks

Personal and Career Development

JR 001 Job Readiness

MC 155 Microsoft Applications

 

Certifications – 5.5 Days:

will include, but are not limited to:

Certification Course

Duration

WHMIS

½ day

Occupational Health and Safety Awareness

½ day

Standard First Aid/CPR “A”

2 days

Fall Protection Systems (Including Ladder Safety)

1 day

and may also include:  

Aerial Work Platforms (Scissor/Boom Lifts)

1 day

Propane Equipment Operation (Torches and Heaters)

½ day

 

Semester II – 15 Weeks

CS 016 Writing Strategies I

MA 125 Applied Pre-Tech Math

SC 145 Pre-Technology Physics I

EL 135 Electrical Studies I

 

Semester III – 15 Weeks

CS 026 Writing Strategies II

MA 225 Applied Pre-Tech Math II

SC 245 Pre-Technology Physics II

EL 235 Electrical Studies II


Program Courses

Semester 1

Personal and Career Development

12-Week College Certificate Program designed to help adults of all ages develop confidence, interpersonal skills, and an individual career/educational path using experiential learning and discussion.

JR 001 - Job Readiness

Course details coming soon…

Applied Math for Technology I

This course is designed to emphasize the secondary school mathematics required for entrance into a post-secondary technology program at a community college level. Students will have the opportunity to further develop mathematical problem solving techniques as applied to the different technical areas.

 

Certifications:

will include, but are not limited to:

WHMIS; Occupational Health and Safety Awareness; Standard First Aid/CPR “A”; Fall Protection Systems (Including Ladder Safety);

and may also include:

Aerial Work Platforms (Scissor/Boom Lifts); Propane (Torches and Heaters)

 

Semester 2

CS 016 Writing Strategies I — 45 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes the development of the communications skills needed in other post-secondary programs and in the workplace. An examination of the writing process is complemented by an exploration of proofreading and revising strategies. Students are encouraged to extend their reading skills, utilize specific text reading and note taking strategies, and develop their presentation skills.

MA 125 Applied Pre-Tech Math

This introductory technical mathematics course provides a review of arithmetic fundamentals and aims to sharpen students’ basic mathematical skills. Students will have the opportunity to further develop mathematical problem solving techniques as applied to the different technical areas. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to solve application problems involving numeracy, measurement and units, basic algebra, geometry and right angle trigonometry.

SC 110 - Pre-Technology Physics I — 45 Credit Hours

This course is designed to develop an understanding of core concepts and applications in basic mechanics. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to solve problems involving motion, forces, momentum, work and energy. Vectors will be introduced at a conceptual level. This course also provides the student with the basis for student success in subsequent mathematically-focused physics courses. SC 110 is suitable for anyone wishing to review basic scientific concepts and problem-solving skills prior to entering a specific technology or trades program. Successful completion of this course (minimum C grade) and SC 210 (minimum C grade) is a credit to the first semester technology science course, GE 302.

EL 135 Electrical Studies I — 60 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to methods for calculating currents and voltages in D.C. series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. It will also introduce classic circuit analysis theorems which students will use to predict values before entering the lab. The students will be introduced to the basic test and measurement equipment in the lab. They will be able to measure resistances, D.C. currents, voltages, and compare the measurements with calculated values. Electrical safety with respect to the lab environment will be covered.

 

Semester 3

CS 026 Writing Strategies II — 45 Credit Hours

This course provides students opportunities to extend and strengthen their editing and proofreading skills. Through an examination of the research process, students develop their research and critical thinking skills; an introduction to APA style provides students with a basis for producing properly formatted research essays.

MA 225  Applied Pre-Tech Math II

This course is a continuation of MA115 and is designed to further provide a review of arithmetic fundamentals and aims to sharpen students’ basic mathematical skills. Students will have the opportunity to further develop mathematical problem solving techniques as applied to the different technical areas. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to solve applications involving algebra, graphing, geometry, trigonometry and vectors.

SC 210 - Pre-Technology Physics II — 45 Credit Hours

This course is a continuation of SC 110 and is designed to develop a further understanding of concepts and applications in basic mechanics. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to solve problems involving vectors with the use of right angle trigonometry, concurrent and parallel forces, torque, rotational motion, simple machines, matter and fluid mechanics. This course also provides the student with the basis for student success in subsequent mathematically-focused physics courses. Along with SC 110, SC 210 is suitable for anyone wishing to review basic scientific concepts and problem-solving skills prior to entering a specific technology or trades program. Successful completion of this course (minimum C grade) and SC 110 (minimum C grade) is a credit to the first semester technology science course, GE 302.

EL 235 Electrical Studies II — 60 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to AC circuits. Properties of the sine wave and the relationship between frequency, peak, RMS values and phase angle are studied. The properties of inductance and capacitance, and their effects on single phase AC circuits will be studied. Students will also study basic magnetic circuits, the Laws of Magnetism with emphasis on their applications to electromechanical circuits and single phase AC circuits, and transformers. Electrical safety with respect to the lab environment will be covered.

Employment Opportunities

Completion of the program will provide graduates with the skills and academic requirements necessary to pursue further post-secondary education in engineering technology and skilled trades programs and apprenticeships.
NOTE: there are no jobs directly associated with the completion of this program.

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