Okanagan College offers the following trades programs: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Collision Repair/Painting and Refinishing, Automotive Refinishing, Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry/Joinery, Culinary Arts (certificate and diploma), Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport Mechanic, Recreation Vehicle Service Technician, Residential Construction, Electrical, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, and Welding. All programs are of an applied nature and prepare students for employment. See the Okanagan College website for more information.
Programs are offered at centres throughout the College region beginning at various times throughout the year. Please see specific programs for more information.
Pre-employment entry-level training programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required for employment in a specific trade. Training courses vary in length according to the demands of the occupation, but are designed to provide new-entry workers with adequate standards of basic skills together with a sound basis of fundamental and related theory. Training programs familiarize students with special occupational requirements in the areas of attitude, safety, work habits, personal and departmental responsibilities. These programs lead to potential apprenticeships.
Students are frequently recruited by business and industry. The instructional staff at Okanagan College together with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) assist in suitable student placement (however, the ultimate responsibility for locating employment rests with the student).
Regional Program Offerings: Various trades programs are offered in response to local needs during the year at locations throughout the Okanagan College region. These program offerings are advertised in local newspapers. For more information, see telephone numbers and addresses of Okanagan College centres.
Risks: There are inherent risks associated with these programs and the potential for personal injury that may result from the use of tools and equipment, working in shops, compounds, work sites and participating in work terms and field trips.
Safety Regulations Policy: Students are expected to conform to the safety regulations of the Workers' Compensation Board (this includes the consumption of alcohol and drugs). Failure to observe Workers' Compensation Board safety regulations may result in suspension from the training program. Students in shop courses and other hazardous training areas must purchase boots or shoes with steel toes. Other students should wear shoes with non-skid soles. Students are required to adhere to department policies on the wearing of safety glasses or goggles.
Passing Standards: To conform to the regulations and standards set by outside agencies and licensing boards, some trades programs have specific passing standards which may differ from Okanagan College's standardized grading system. These passing standards or minimum passing grades are clearly stated in each program description.
Entry-Level Training Programs: These programs provide students with basic theoretical and practical knowledge in the various trades listed below and for entry into apprenticeship training. Emphasis is placed on good work habits and safe working practices.
Admission Requirements - Foundation (Pre-Apprenticeship) Training Programs (unless otherwise indicated)
Location: Programs are offered at centres throughout the college region.
Supplies: Students must provide their own steel-toed safety boots, coveralls and/or uniform.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 01/26/2020