Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage


Algonquin College’s unique Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage program is aimed at students who are interested in the preservation, renovation, and restoration of historical architecture in Canada.

You will focus on contemporary construction techniques, traditional carpentry, and preservation techniques. In the end, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to produce the high quality work demanded in the field of heritage carpentry.


Awards & Bursaries

The Marshall Stevenson Scholarship Bursary is awarded annually to a student in the Carpentry and Joinery- Heritage program, who is entering his/her final year, is in financial need, had good academic standing and attendance, and is cooperative and helpful to others.

Please check our Awards & Bursaries page for other opportunities.

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Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod
(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 0530X01FPT
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program combines new construction technology with traditional carpentry techniques.

The first year of the program focuses on woodworking, joinery fundamentals and modern construction practices including framing, roofing and finish carpentry.

In the second year, students learn architectural joinery, millwork and traditional building methods of timber framing and log construction. Students also study historical Canadian architecture, construction methods and preservation techniques which provide them with the knowledge and skills to produce the high-quality work demanded by the field of heritage carpentry.

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 www.algonquincollege.com/byod . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are inquisitive, well-organized and have an analytical nature.
  • Work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Enjoy both theoretical and hands-on learning environments.
  • Are physically fit.
  • Have an interest in architecture and historical construction.

Your Career

Graduates enter the workforce with an understanding of historical Canadian architecture and building construction methods that enable them to perform a wide range of carpentry tasks on renovation, custom construction, and restoration projects. Employment opportunities may be available in both private and public sectors including commercial, residential and general woodworking companies. Some graduates may prefer freelance opportunities.

Courses

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
CON9250 Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to layout and construct a foundation and floor system. Using a variety of instruments students learn to conduct differential leveling, establish and verify grades and locate building hubs. Students construct batter boards and formwork for footings. All aspects of a wood-framed floor system are investigated; foundation walls, columns, beams, joists and sub-floors. Construction safety topics include trenching, personal protective equipment and tool use. Carpentry I Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to layout and construct a foundation and floor system. Using a variety of instruments students learn to conduct differential leveling, establish and verify grades and locate building hubs. Students construct batter boards and formwork for footings. All aspects of a wood-framed floor system are investigated; foundation walls, columns, beams, joists and sub-floors. Construction safety topics include trenching, personal protective equipment and tool use. 45.0
DRA9250 Drafting is an essential communication tool in the building industry. Students acquire competency in the basics of drafting for the trades. Topics of study include: freehand sketching; drafting instruments; materials and their use; lettering; isometric, oblique and orthographic drawings and shop drawings. An introduction to computer-assisted drafting reinforces students' skills in pictorial and orthographic drawings. Drafting Drafting is an essential communication tool in the building industry. Students acquire competency in the basics of drafting for the trades. Topics of study include: freehand sketching; drafting instruments; materials and their use; lettering; isometric, oblique and orthographic drawings and shop drawings. An introduction to computer-assisted drafting reinforces students' skills in pictorial and orthographic drawings. 30.0
ENL9212 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 practice 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. 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 practice 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
MAT9252 Focus is placed on the fundamentals of trade calculations. The applications of course content to carpentry concepts include: imperial measurement, fundamentals of perimeter, area and volume measurement, a review of basic algebra, principles of ratio and proportion and elements of basic trigonometry. Students are encouraged to develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the trades during lecture presentations, individualized instruction, assignments and scheduled unit reviews. Mathematics for the Trades I Focus is placed on the fundamentals of trade calculations. The applications of course content to carpentry concepts include: imperial measurement, fundamentals of perimeter, area and volume measurement, a review of basic algebra, principles of ratio and proportion and elements of basic trigonometry. Students are encouraged to develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the trades during lecture presentations, individualized instruction, assignments and scheduled unit reviews. 30.0
WOO9254 An in-depth study of the use, selection, and maintenance of hand and power tools is provided. Using both practical and theoretical study, students organize, schedule and complete various woodworking projects. Applying hand and power tools to a variety of joinery and millwork projects; identifying, adjusting, sharpening, and maintaining hand and power tools; and using tools safely are addressed. In addition, through theoretical and practical study, students have the opportunity to research and compare woodworking techniques; apply the principles of wood technology; read, interpret and develop plans and procedures and select and use various fasteners, hardware and adhesives. Safety topics include tool use and personal protective equipment(PPE).

Co-requisites: WOO9255
Joinery I An in-depth study of the use, selection, and maintenance of hand and power tools is provided. Using both practical and theoretical study, students organize, schedule and complete various woodworking projects. Applying hand and power tools to a variety of joinery and millwork projects; identifying, adjusting, sharpening, and maintaining hand and power tools; and using tools safely are addressed. In addition, through theoretical and practical study, students have the opportunity to research and compare woodworking techniques; apply the principles of wood technology; read, interpret and develop plans and procedures and select and use various fasteners, hardware and adhesives. Safety topics include tool use and personal protective equipment(PPE).

Co-requisites: WOO9255
135.0
WOO9255 Wood has been the primary medium of carpenters and joiners for millennia. The history and practicality of wood as a building material are studied. The harvesting of trees, the production of lumber, wood storage and species identification, as well as basics of lumber grading, estimation and ordering are explored. Specific qualities, such as wood movement, grain orientation, workability, colour, moisture resistance and finishing attributes are discussed at a practical and cellular level, leaving students with a sound understanding of wood, how to use it and how it was used in the past.

Co-requisites: WOO9254
Wood Wood has been the primary medium of carpenters and joiners for millennia. The history and practicality of wood as a building material are studied. The harvesting of trees, the production of lumber, wood storage and species identification, as well as basics of lumber grading, estimation and ordering are explored. Specific qualities, such as wood movement, grain orientation, workability, colour, moisture resistance and finishing attributes are discussed at a practical and cellular level, leaving students with a sound understanding of wood, how to use it and how it was used in the past.

Co-requisites: WOO9254
30.0
Level: 02 Hours
ARC9006 To Canadians, preserving our heritage resources is a visible sign of community pride and environmental responsibility. Protecting heritage buildings requires an understanding of their histories and the principles of conservation shared by the preservation community. The study of building styles and traditional building techniques as they have evolved across the Canadian landscape are explored. Canadian Architectural Conservation To Canadians, preserving our heritage resources is a visible sign of community pride and environmental responsibility. Protecting heritage buildings requires an understanding of their histories and the principles of conservation shared by the preservation community. The study of building styles and traditional building techniques as they have evolved across the Canadian landscape are explored. 45.0
DRA9260 Students learn to read and draft architectural plans and reference residential building codes to develop the necessary skills required in the industry. Activities include retrieving information from plans and specifications and verifying material sizes and grades from tables in the building code. Students draft a variety of architectural drawings using computer software and/or standard hand drafting techniques. The process of drawing, reading and interpreting plans is the first step in understanding estimating and scheduling of construction projects.

Prerequisites: DRA9250
Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading Students learn to read and draft architectural plans and reference residential building codes to develop the necessary skills required in the industry. Activities include retrieving information from plans and specifications and verifying material sizes and grades from tables in the building code. Students draft a variety of architectural drawings using computer software and/or standard hand drafting techniques. The process of drawing, reading and interpreting plans is the first step in understanding estimating and scheduling of construction projects.

Prerequisites: DRA9250
30.0
MAT9261 With emphasis on practical application, students expand on the fundamentals of trade calculations. Students are introduced to the basics of estimating, more applied trigonometry, construction geometry and layout using geometric principles. Students are encouraged in their learning through lectures, group research, presentations and assignments. Mathematics for the Trades II With emphasis on practical application, students expand on the fundamentals of trade calculations. Students are introduced to the basics of estimating, more applied trigonometry, construction geometry and layout using geometric principles. Students are encouraged in their learning through lectures, group research, presentations and assignments. 30.0
WOO9210 The study of wood-framed house construction continues with an investigation into framing wall and roof systems and exterior siding and roof finishes. Students perform trade-related calculations for sizes, quantities and location of building components. Wall and roof framing projects are completed according to plans, Building Code and schedules. Projects include the layout and installation of siding, windows, doors and exterior trim. Construction safety topics include heat/cold exposure, working at heights, Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Prerequisites: CON9250 and DRA9250 and MAT9252 and WOO9254
Carpentry II The study of wood-framed house construction continues with an investigation into framing wall and roof systems and exterior siding and roof finishes. Students perform trade-related calculations for sizes, quantities and location of building components. Wall and roof framing projects are completed according to plans, Building Code and schedules. Projects include the layout and installation of siding, windows, doors and exterior trim. Construction safety topics include heat/cold exposure, working at heights, Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Prerequisites: CON9250 and DRA9250 and MAT9252 and WOO9254
195.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0530 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: DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LFS9178 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED6022 or GED5005 or GED5002 or GED5006 or GED5004 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
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: DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LFS9178 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED6022 or GED5005 or GED5002 or GED5006 or GED5004 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
BSC9100 Students examine the impact of the construction/restoration industry on the environment. This includes a study of the principles and techniques of energy-efficient renovation, appropriate energy conservation methods for historic buildings, the improvement of indoor air quality, and the selection of environmentally-responsible construction products and practices. Housing, Energy and the Environment Students examine the impact of the construction/restoration industry on the environment. This includes a study of the principles and techniques of energy-efficient renovation, appropriate energy conservation methods for historic buildings, the improvement of indoor air quality, and the selection of environmentally-responsible construction products and practices. 45.0
ENL9202 Course content includes writing instructions and writing for publication, creating relevant job-search correspondence and career portfolios, writing various informal reports to suit a specified purpose and writing and presenting a formal research report on a program related topic.

Prerequisites: ENL9212
Communications II Course content includes writing instructions and writing for publication, creating relevant job-search correspondence and career portfolios, writing various informal reports to suit a specified purpose and writing and presenting a formal research report on a program related topic.

Prerequisites: ENL9212
45.0
WOO9220 Joinery provides the finishing touches to a building and helps define its character. Designing and building staircases is often considered the pinnacle of a carpenter's craft. Students learn the theory and practice of reproducing and installing architectural components. Students also learn traditional and contemporary production techniques for constructing components, such as casings, crown molding, baseboards, and staircasing using traditional and contemporary techniques.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and MAT9261 and WOO9254 and WOO9255
Joinery II Joinery provides the finishing touches to a building and helps define its character. Designing and building staircases is often considered the pinnacle of a carpenter's craft. Students learn the theory and practice of reproducing and installing architectural components. Students also learn traditional and contemporary production techniques for constructing components, such as casings, crown molding, baseboards, and staircasing using traditional and contemporary techniques.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and MAT9261 and WOO9254 and WOO9255
120.0
WOO9221 A study of the time-honoured principles and techniques used to construct traditional timber frame and log buildings is provided. Students learn to work safely using traditional tools, materials and layout techniques. Students combine theoretical and practical skills and participate in building a new timber frame and log structure using traditional joinery methods and materials. Inspections of timber frame and log buildings are included and are considered to be the core part of the restoration component. Inspection reports allow students to investigate typical problems and deterioration found in these types of structures and enable students to recommend appropriate repair techniques.

Prerequisites: WOO9210
Timber Framing and Log Building A study of the time-honoured principles and techniques used to construct traditional timber frame and log buildings is provided. Students learn to work safely using traditional tools, materials and layout techniques. Students combine theoretical and practical skills and participate in building a new timber frame and log structure using traditional joinery methods and materials. Inspections of timber frame and log buildings are included and are considered to be the core part of the restoration component. Inspection reports allow students to investigate typical problems and deterioration found in these types of structures and enable students to recommend appropriate repair techniques.

Prerequisites: WOO9210
105.0
Level: 04 Hours
BSC9101 Students learn about restoration and repair techniques for buildings by exploring a variety of building deficiencies typically seen in historical buildings and their repair strategies. Conservation standards are explored as they relate to various building repair solutions. In addition, students perform hands-on restoration techniques to traditional millwork and windows. Restoration Methods Students learn about restoration and repair techniques for buildings by exploring a variety of building deficiencies typically seen in historical buildings and their repair strategies. Conservation standards are explored as they relate to various building repair solutions. In addition, students perform hands-on restoration techniques to traditional millwork and windows. 60.0
CON9151 Students learn the roles and responsibilities of personnel on a construction site. Students also learn about planning, scheduling, sub-contractors, inspections/permits, site documents and contracts. Students apply the knowledge they have learned and develop a plan for a restoration project.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and WOO9210

Co-requisites: BSC9101
Construction Planning Students learn the roles and responsibilities of personnel on a construction site. Students also learn about planning, scheduling, sub-contractors, inspections/permits, site documents and contracts. Students apply the knowledge they have learned and develop a plan for a restoration project.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and WOO9210

Co-requisites: BSC9101
30.0
WOO9248 The theory and practice of the reproduction and installation of traditional doors and windows are covered. Students identify types and styles of traditional, and contemporary doors and windows and then design organizational procedures for building them. Students evaluate joinery construction techniques and use them to produce a finely crafted door and window.

Prerequisites: WOO9220
Joinery III The theory and practice of the reproduction and installation of traditional doors and windows are covered. Students identify types and styles of traditional, and contemporary doors and windows and then design organizational procedures for building them. Students evaluate joinery construction techniques and use them to produce a finely crafted door and window.

Prerequisites: WOO9220
120.0
WOO9249 A study of the principles and techniques used by restoration carpenters who perform work on historic buildings is provided. Topics include interior and exterior ornamental features, architectural millwork and wood turning. Students combine theoretical and practical skills to complete architectural projects that challenge them to perform at a high level of skill.

Prerequisites: WOO9220
Architectural Millwork A study of the principles and techniques used by restoration carpenters who perform work on historic buildings is provided. Topics include interior and exterior ornamental features, architectural millwork and wood turning. Students combine theoretical and practical skills to complete architectural projects that challenge them to perform at a high level of skill.

Prerequisites: WOO9220
120.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

Incidental Fees: $60 in Level 01 and $100 in Level 04.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,000 in the first year and $280 in the second year and can be purchased at the campus bookstore. In addition, students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment, drafting instruments, and some hand tools at a cost of $1,350 in the first year and $350 in the second year. A comprehensive list of the recommended tools is provided to students in August and is available online at www.algonquincollege.com/perth

Please note: Students may have some of the tools and other items, such as safety boots and winter work wear which would lower the cost of tools and supplies significantly.

Admission Requirements 

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 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • 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; OR 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:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. Applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring 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 xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office Algonquin College Perth Campus
7 Craig Street
Perth, ON K7H 1X7
Telephone: 613-267-2859
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723

Additional Information

Part-time students may be considered if space is available.

The Perth Campus is an elearning environment; to ensure your success as a student, we recommend that you bring a current laptop computer to support your studies.

For more information about the program, please contact Andrew Pamenter, Coordinator, at 613-267-2859 ext. 5624 or pamenta@algonquincollege.com

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