Construction Techniques

Construction Techniques

One Year, Ontario College Certificate
Program Code 0753
Welland Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2015 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2015 to May 2016

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:

  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Mathematics - any Grade 11 (C), (U) or (M), or equivalent

Recommended Courses and/or Recommended Skills (Not Required for Admission):

  • Mathematics - any Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Construction Technology - Grade 11 or Grade 12 (C)
  • Technological Design - Grade 11 or 12 (M)

Selection and Ranking Process:

  • For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes.
  • Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete off-campus practical lab requirements. Niagara cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed to help alleviate the chronic shortage of skilled trade workers in the construction industry. Job prospects are favourable and the satisfaction of creating or enhancing buildings and structures can be immense.

Opportunities for graduates include:

  • Cabinetmakers
  • Commercial formwork carpenters
  • Drywall installers
  • Exterior siding installers
  • Finish carpenters
  • Insulation installers
  • Lumberyard sales representatives
  • Maintenance carpenters
  • Renovation carpenters
  • Residential framing carpenters
  • Roofers

Graduates may advance to construction superintendents, foremen, general contractors or trade subcontractors.

The NC Difference

  • Demand for graduates is high in Niagara and throughout Ontario
  • Program integrates academic instruction and hands-on learning
  • Graduates may enter the workforce directly or continue their education in Renovation Technician - Construction

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I chose Niagara College for a hands-on learning experience so I could enter the construction field well prepared. The teachers always made themselves available and were ready to help when needed. I left the program confident with my skills.Kevin Niessen, Construction Techniques student
I chose Niagara College to give me insight on the many different aspects of construction and to learn how to apply them on the work site. The teachers were great and willing to help whenever possible.Brandon Van Amerongen, Construction Techniques student
...Ontario is well equipped to handle the need for 85,000 new construction workers during the next nine years...the industry will need 50,000 workers to replace retirees and another 35,000 to keep pace with steady growth during the forecast period (2007-2015).Construction Sector Council
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Credit Transfer

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Welland: 905-735-2211, ext. 7559
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Term One (2015 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
CAPL1199Computer Applications3
CNST1014Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades3
CNST1002Building Construction I4
CNST1003Construction Materials I4
MATH1021Applied Technical Mathematics for Construction Trades3
TECH1008Health and Safety3
CNST1007Building Construction II4
Term Two (2016 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
CNST1004Construction Tools and Techniques4
CNST1008Building Construction III: Building Exteriors4
CNST1009Construction Surveying and Building Layout2
CNST1013Residential Estimating3
CNST1011Building Construction IV: Trims and Finishes4
COMM1101Language and Communications3
CNST1006Building Codes and Specifications3
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