Construction Techniques

During the Construction Techniques program students acquire knowledge and skills in:

  • Hand and power tool usage
  • Carpentry/framing techniques
  • Blueprint reading
  • Welding
  • Hoisting and rigging
  • Plumbing
  • Applied construction geometry
  • Mathematics and the Ontario Building Code

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Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1519X01FPM
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program prepares students to work within the building construction industry and address the anticipated shortages of skilled workers as a result of an aging workforce and forecasted local expansion. Students explore the foundational trades` areas within the building construction sector and gain practical hands-on skills which provide opportunities to pursue employment, apprenticeship and/or further academic training.

Students acquire knowledge and skills in hand and power tool usage, carpentry/framing techniques, blueprint reading, welding, hoisting and rigging, plumbing, applied construction geometry, mathematics and the Ontario Building Code. Students also develop general and specific safety training in a number of the construction areas. Throughout the program, students explore the latest green technology and energy efficient construction techniques.

Graduates may find employment on residential, industrial and commercial construction sites, performing basic level tasks on projects, such as residential construction/renovations and maintenance, finished carpentry, plumbing installations and repairs, welding and metal fabrication, as well as insulation and exterior siding installation. They may also seek exemption from the Basic Level of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship program.

Graduates wanting to pursue further postsecondary studies may be eligible for course exemptions or Advanced Standing in the College`s Building Construction Technician, Construction Carpentry - Advanced Housing or Carpentry Joinery - Heritage programs.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:


  • Are interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades.
  • Are team-oriented, enjoy physical labour and working outdoors.
  • Have effective communication skills and interpersonal abilities.
  • Are safety conscious and respectful of standards and regulations.
  • Possess problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Enjoy working with mathematical problems.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as apprentice carpenters, construction framers, interior systems installers, exterior systems applicators, renovators, door and window installers, concrete form workers, deck and porch design/builders, junior construction site supervisors or junior estimators.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Select, use, maintain and safely operate hand and power tools and equipment used in the building construction trades.
  2. Perform construction tasks as directed at all stages in building construction and renovations projects.
  3. Perform all construction and renovations tasks safely and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes and industry principles and practices.
  4. Solve trade related problems using mathematical equations and geometric concepts.
  5. Select and use appropriate materials and green technologies in new construction, renovations, and related trades.
  6. Assist in the preparation and presentation of accurate project estimates including labour, materials, overhead, profit, taxes and related sub trades using industry-standard technology.
  7. Assist in the prevention and resolution of problems related to construction projects and renovations using principles of building science.
  8. 8. Maintain accurate project records, logs and schedules in relation to construction projects and renovations.
  9. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
CON7014 Building Tools and Materials It is essential for professionals in the construction industry to possess the skills and knowledge for proper selection of materials and safe operation of tools. Students gain the skills and basic theoretical and practical knowledge for the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools and stationary power tools. Students learn to select and use appropriate materials, fasteners and connectors in the construction and renovation industry in a safe and effective manner. Students use mathematics, including geometric concepts, to complete typical construction activities. 135.0
CON7106 Construction Safety A safe work environment is paramount in today's construction industry. Students gain the knowledge required for the safe use of ladders, scaffolds, and rigging equipment as practiced on construction sites. Students examine the Construction Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the requirements of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), fall protection and excavation hazards. 30.0
DAT7222 Computer Application for the Trades Today's trades are relying ever-increasingly on the use of technology on and off the worksite. Students develop basic computer skills necessary to be competitive and competent in the workforce and to succeed in postsecondary programs. Students utilize Internet based e-learning software, file management, productivity software, email, online research and reports. 32.0
DRA7334 Plans, Specifications and Code I Successful construction projects and renovations begin with and depend on an understanding of accurate project plans. Students use drafting tools, scale measurements, lines and symbols to draw blueprints in both conventional and computer assisted drafting. Students also draw blueprints utilizing geometric principles in compliance with industry standards, as well as building and environmental codes. 32.0
ENL7777 Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT7013 Applied Construction Geometry Knowledge of basic geometry is frequently used in the construction industry. Students examine and utilize basic geometric principles through practical application in building layout and calculate angles and slopes in framing and roofing layout. Students also identify how geometry is used in the estimating process. 30.0
MAT7014 Applied Mathematics for the Trades I Mastery of mathematical theories is essential for success in the construction industry. Students practise performing technical calculations effectively and efficiently and examine trades calculations based on basic math skills, fractions, percentage and the Pythagorean Theorem. Using numerical equations and word problems, students also perform perimeter, area and volume calculations based on a variety of geometric shapes. 30.0
Level: 02 Hours
CON7015 Residential Framing and Exterior Finish Students develop skills to frame houses and small buildings. Students examine the Ontario Building Code and the structural requirements pertaining to materials selection, span tables and nailing patterns. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills to install exterior components, such as doors, windows and exterior residential finishes.

Prerequisites: CON7014 and CON7106
CON7016 Fundamentals of Building Science Professionals in the construction industry must possess an awareness of both the environmental and green energy effects on buildings and materials during design and construction. Students explore the basic concepts of moisture, air and heat flow and their relationship to the "House as a System". Students also analyze building materials as found in foundation, wall and roof assemblies. These results are evaluated using Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) standards for energy consumption, indoor air quality, building envelope failure and mold growth. 30.0
CON7017 Collaborating with Supporting Trades To complete a successful building project, effective interaction of supporting trades is essential. Communication with and perspective of other trades is necessary for success in the trades industry. Students discover relevant knowledge of the trades with which tradespeople must collaborate. Common trade interactions include carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, architecture and civil engineering. 24.0
DRA7335 Plans, Specifications and Codes II The construction industry depends heavily on comprehension of blueprint interpretation and creation. Students examine residential building blueprints, from the foundation to the finished building, learning to read and interpret the blueprints and their relationship to zoning regulations and the Ontario Building Code. Students explore how to accurately estimate materials and labour from a set of drawings and architectural specifications.

Prerequisites: DRA7334
MAT7015 Applied Mathematics for the Trades II Accurate and efficient use and estimation of time and materials is essential within the construction industry. Students utilize applied mathematics to calculate costs of labour and materials in the preparation of estimates for residential construction projects and apply industry standards relating to allowance for material and time allotments for labour.

Prerequisites: DAT7222 and MAT7014
PLU7011 Introduction to Plumbing Students examine the basic theory and practice of terminology, tools, equipment and safe work practices used in residential applications of the plumbing trade. Students also explore industry regulations and standards, as well as consider environmental aspects in relation to construction practices and plumbing. 30.0
WEL7310 Metal Cutting and Welding Students examine the basics of welding procedures as practised in building construction. Students examine safety precautions, types and uses of flames, welding and brazing light material, oxyacetylene welding and cutting and arc and MIG welding of basic joints. 24.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1519 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENL7643 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or SOC2003 or GED5003

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,562.84. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,088.88. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees. Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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eTexts: As a student in an identified eText program, select digital resources will be included within the program fee and will be available to you at the beginning of each term. However, not all texts will be eText. Texts that are hardcopy and/or eTexts that students choose to purchase as hard copy, will be an additional cost to the student. For more information and associated fees, please visit:

Additional textbooks, supplies and safety equipment cost approximately $900.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MCT4C is recommended).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON K8A 0C8
613-735-4700 ext. 2708
Toll-Free: 1-800-565-4723

Additional Information

Graduates who become registered as apprentice carpenters may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the classroom portion of their apprenticeship training. Graduates may also be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing in the College`s Building Construction Technician, Construction Carpentry - Advanced Housing or Carpentry Joinery - Heritage program.

For more information, please contact Adam Johns at 613-735-4700 ext. 2687 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time