What is Exploring the Trades?

Exploring The Trades is a unique Dual Credit program offered in Semester 1 and 2, that takes place daily at Conestoga College. Registered students learn Carpentry (2 credits), Electrical/HVAC (2 credits), or Welding/Plumbing (2 credits) skills in a “hands-on” environment. Students are offered the opportunity of earning four credits, while at the same time gaining introductory courses at the College. In addition to the 2 College Dual Credits, students participate in a 2-credit Co-op experience with an employer.

Apply for this program in myBlueprint and be sure to complete the Co-op Application.

Exploring the Construction Trades Dual Credit Courses

Carpentry…

  • 2 days in the Carpentry shop (each week)
  • College pass 55% = future exemption
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • up to 45 min. day Theory
  • Very structured skill development

Plumbing and Welding DC courses

  • 2 days in the shops (each week)
  • College pass 55% = future exemption
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • up to 45 min. day Theory
  • Very structured skill development

Electrical and HVAC Dual Credit Courses

  • 3 day/week; Attendance marked
  • College pass 55%
  • 70% = Potential exemption from future programs
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • Theory based. Up to 45 min. per day
  • Very structured skill development

Baking…

  • 2 days in the kitchen (each week)
  • College pass 55% = future exemption
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • up to 45 min. day Theory
  • Very structured skill development

Culinary…

  • 2 days in the kitchen (each week)
  • College pass 55% = future exemption
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • up to 45 min. day Theory
  • Very structured skill development

Robotics and Mechatronics…

  • 2 days in the shops (each week)
  • College pass 55% = future exemption
  • Professor + D.C. teacher assistance
  • up to 45 min. day Theory
  • Very structured skill development

Am I a good fit?

  • Interested in the trades
  • Eager to learn a variety of skills
  • Hands-on learner
  • Responsible