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Ontario College Certificate | 
2 semesters | Barrydowne

Want a career in a skilled trade or the engineering technology field but don't know which profession to pursue? Or are you missing an admission requirement or need to improve your grades for pre-requisite courses to gain admission into a full-time program? Cambrian's Pre-Trades/Technology program is a great first step to explore career options and to improve your math and science skills.

In this program, you'll learn the basic fundamentals of work safety, measuring instruments, and hand/power tools. Class projects, such as small engine repair, combined with practical courses in technology, math, English, and computers provide a strong foundation to pursue subsequent postsecondary programs.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters
  • Combination of theory and hands-on work in labs and trades shops
  • Opportunity to develop a personalized career path while increasing technical skills that will improve success in subsequent programs

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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1182Reading Skills: Trades/Technology 3
MTH 1172Mathematics for Trades Tech. I 4
PRT 1000Applied Technology I 14
PRT 1009Exploring Careers in Trades 14
PRT 1115Computers in Pre-Trades Tech I 3
SCI 1003Applied Science 12
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 2
ELN 1001Introductory Electronics 12
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MTH 1272Mathematics for Trades Tech. II 4
PRT 1001Applied Technology II 14
PRT 1002Computers for Technology 3
PRT 1003Physics for Trades and Tech 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 22
 Total Credits: 42


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,350. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Furthering Your Studies

Successful graduates are eligible to apply to a number of programs offered through Cambrian College's School of Skills Training and the Schools of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies. The Pre-Trades/Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College Trades and Technology programs.

Successful completion of the Pre-Trades/Technology program also provides students who have obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, but lack key English and math prerequisites, to be eligible to apply to other Cambrian College programs that have these requirements.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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