School of Trades & Technology Programs

The School of Trades and Technology offers many career-related, skills oriented programs. Our applied focus on education and our industry partnerships result in programs that are relevant and graduates who are truly career ready.

We offer over 50 certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programs in ten areas:

  1. Apprenticeship
  2. Aerospace
  3. The Built Environment
  4. Energy Futures
  5. Engineering & Applied Science Technology
  6. Heritage
  7. Manufacturing
  8. Natural Resources and the Environment
  9. Oceans
  10. Transportation

1. Apprenticeship

NSCC offers apprenticeship training in over twenty different designated trades through a partnership with the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Apprenticeship Training division.

Pre-Apprentice Programs provide entry-level skills and advance standing for those choosing to continue their careers in skilled trades as apprentices and certified journeypersons.

The demand for apprentices in Nova Scotia is high due to the thriving economy and also due to the demographics of current journeypersons in various trade areas. A retiring workforce means that there are great opportunities for young men and women to enter these lucrative careers and start earning today.

The journeyperson designation can open a lot of doors not only in one's immediate field, but also in related industries, allowing more options and choices to apprentices and employers alike.

2. Aerospace

The aviation industry is taking off, creating an unprecedented demand for well trained personnel. NSCC's Aerospace programs offer excellent hands-on instruction. The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer program uses actual aircraft to develop skills for the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and associated systems for airplanes and helicopters. Through agreements with other Atlantic Canada colleges graduates can also be admitted to Pilot Training or Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Repair and Overhaul Technology. The sky is the limit!

3. The Built Environment

The built environment encompasses all buildings, spaces and products that are created, or modified, by people. It includes our homes, schools, workplaces, parks/recreation areas, business areas and roads. It extends overhead in the form of electric transmission lines, underground in the form of waste disposal sites and subway trains, and across the country in the form of highways.

With 80% of North Americans living in cities and towns and spending 90% of their time indoors, the built environment is our most important habitat. There are many critical issues facing urban dwellers which must be looked at in an integrated way so that comprehensive new strategies can be developed. NSCC's Built Environment programs provide the skills required to be successful in Nova Scotia's ever-growing residential, commercial and industrial construction sector.

4. Energy Futures

Many are heralding the sustainable energy industries as the next industrial revolution. Predictions of the new economy show it to be driven by renewable energy sources and increases in efficiencies of present non-renewable energy resources. The demand for renewable and efficient energy products and services is growing rapidly and globally could reach $180 billion per year.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are the cornerstones for building an energy future that protects the environment while addressing the energy needs of the province and its citizens.

The School of Trades and Technology Energy Futures programs play a fundamental role in developing the labour force of the province to ensure that Nova Scotians are qualified, contributing participants in the emerging sustainable energy industries.

5. Engineering & Applied Science Technology

NSCC offers a wide range of Engineering and Applied Science Technology programs. Engineering technician and technologists require a combination of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Upon completion of a program within the Engineering and Applied Science Technology, the graduate will have obtained skills that are needed in a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, engineering consulting, quality assurance, procurement, design consulting, and planning. All of NSCC's technology programs meet the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board's (CTAB) standards.

6. Heritage

We are a leader in Canada with respect to the education and training of people maintaining, renewing and revitalizing heritage programming in Canada.

7. Manufacturing

NSCC offers a number of diverse programs that are designed to support the manufacturing industry in Nova Scotia.

The general areas of coverage under the manufacturing umbrella include maintenance, design, and fabrication. NSCC graduates possess valuable skills such as setting up and maintaining equipment, trouble shooting manufacturing processes, fabrication and product design. The graduates are also keenly aware of quality control and continuous improvement methodologies as applied to the manufacturing industry.

8. Natural Resources and the Environment

As a key driver of Nova Scotia's economy, Natural Resource and Environment Industries are seeing continued demand for skilled employees. The graduate of the Natural Resources and the Environment programs are equipped for eco-sensitive outdoor living. From theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to attitude and responsibility, our programs provide a vital background in the stewardship of renewable and non-renewable resources - optimal use today and sustainability for tomorrow.

9. Oceans

NSCC offers a broad range of marine courses to meet the training requirements of the commercial marine, fish harvesting, and aquaculture industries. Oceans training at NSCC is conducted throughout Nova Scotia from Yarmouth to Cape North and beyond. We bring the training to you. The oceans industries are diverse, complex, and strictly regulated; as such our programs are designed in accordance with Transport Canada and aligned to international standards.

10. Transportation

The automotive industry is Canada's largest single business industry and employs over half-a-million Canadians. NSCC's transportation programs provide theoretical and practical training in the service, repair and maintenance of automobiles, heavy duty equipment, trucks, motorcycles, power products and diesel engines to name a few. Workplace safety is an important and integral part of all NSCC programs

Program Continuous Improvement

All programs undergo a continuous quality improvement process, which may result in changes to information presented here. This continuous improvement process involves extensive consultation with employers, faculty, graduates and students to ensure that program outcomes continue to meet the needs of employers and students.

Co-operative Education (Co-op)

Co-op is a NSCC credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment between the first and second year of your program, while completing the learning outcomes of the course. Employers, as co-educators provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of classroom giving you a well-rounded education enriched by practical application. Co-op can be considered your bridge to the labour market. For more information, discuss this course option with your faculty advisor or Student Services.

Portfolio

You are expected to develop a portfolio of your work as part of your study in the School of Trades & Technology. A portfolio is a powerful and convincing way to demonstrate your achievements to future employers over and above the standard résumé. A portfolio is also a good way to observe the development of your skills and abilities throughout your working life.

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