Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
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COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.
COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.
SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.
SHEET 1001 - Safety and Rigging
Students will be introduced to personal safety and basic body mechanics. They will learn and apply shop safety, including fire safety procedures and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS). Students will learn to follow 5S+S practices in the shop. Course material covers rigging safety, equipment and basic lifting procedures. Students will be expected to apply the Occupational Health and Safety Act and accompanying Regulations, 5S+S and all safety procedures throughout the program.
SHEET 1003 - Tools and Equipment
Hand tools are designed to make your job easier and enable you to work more efficiently. You must be able to choose the correct tool for the task at hand and use it correctly in order to do the job quickly, accurately, and safely. Care of tools is important for both quality workmanship and cost control. In this course students will be introduced to the hand tools used for sheet metal - how to select, safely use, organize, store, and care for a wide variety of hand tools and non-powered equipment. Students will have the opportunity to apply safe work habits and good housekeeping in a workshop setting.
SHEET 1016 - Fabrication and Installation Fundamentals I
This course introduces layout procedures in the shop along with special considerations when developing patterns for duct and fittings to be fabricated. The procedures used to assemble the fittings will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills for fabrication and basic installation procedures in a shop setting.
SHEET 1017 - Pattern Development and Layout
This course introduces the laying out of sheet metal projects. Types of layout including simple, parallel line, radial line, and triangulation will be discussed as well as the different views required to achieve each method of layout. Students will have the opportunity to develop and lay out sheet metal projects using the straight line method in a shop setting.
SHEET 1018 - Basic Math
Accurate measurement and calculation are essential skills in performing sheet metal work. Students will solve mathematical problems from a trade perspective using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, metric and imperial measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, powers and roots, formulas, perimeters, areas, volumes, triangles, angles, and geometric construction.
SHEET 1019 - Introduction to Air Handling
Students will become familiar with a wide range of HVAC equipment and understand its role in air handling systems. Basic installation techniques will be introduced with a hands-on approach to learning.
SHEET 1020 - Print Reading and Sketching
Instructions and drawings are a necessary part of planning and performing work in the trade. Students develop basic skills in reading and interpreting working drawings such as orthographic, isometric, and perspective along with the “alphabet of lines” used in mechanical drawings. Students will be exposed to elements in drawings that apply to other aspects of the construction project to see the pieces relevant to the Sheet Metal Worker trade in an authentic context.
SHEET 1021 - Metallurgy, Welding and Cutting
Students will be introduced to the terminology and properties of metals, types of sheet metals, structural shapes and sheet metal applications. Topics will include standard sizes and weights of sheet metal along with storage and handling procedures. Course material addresses the theory, equipment, and techniques required for successful gas metal arc welding. Topics will include: GMAW safety practices, equipment set-up, transfer modes, wire selection, shielded gas selection, as well as joints in all positions. Plasma Arc cutting will also be introduced. Equipment set-up, cutting modes, fitting imaging for layout, computer operation, and equipment maintenance will be addressed. Safety will be stressed throughout the course.
SHEET 1022 - Power Tools and Equipment
Students will learn how to select, safely use, organize, store, and care for a wide variety of power tools and equipment used in the Sheet Metal Worker trade. Students will have the opportunity to apply safe work habits and good housekeeping through projects carried out in a workshop setting.
SHEET 1023 - Applied Mathematics
Planning, layout and fabricating sheet metal products and systems requires calculations ranging from measurement to dealing with dimensions and angles of complex shapes. Students will extend and apply math skills to problems encountered in the sheet metal industry. Course material includes trigonometry, ratios, formulas, triangles, angles, conversions and geometric problems.
SHEET 1024 - Fabrication and Installation Fundamentals II
In this project-based course students will be engaged in planning, fabrication and installation of a basic heating duct system.
SHEET 1225 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.
WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.