The Construction, Fabrication and Operations Department offers a wide variety of apprenticeship and certificate programs that provide you with the knowledge, skills and education necessary to start or grow a successful career in many industries.
Programs We Offer!
Carpenters construct, erect and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials. They work in residential, commercial, industrial and maintenance settings. Duties vary according to the type of job and can include exterior and interior finishes, repair and/or remodelling, or specialized work.
- Possible Careers Include: General carpentry, residential housing, repairs and remodelling, commercial/industrial construction & maintenance, specialized carpentry
Co-Operative Trades Orientation Certificate
This program is currently under review, and will not be accepting students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Co-Operative Trades Orientation program offers recent high school students, or those who are changing career paths, an easy transition into the job market with the potential for apprenticeship opportunities. The initial portion of CTO provides practical information and skills that will help the student choose their apprenticeship path. The industry shop placement will connect students with an employer in their chosen industry.
Plumbers plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids. Plumbers are required to study building plans and specifications to determine the layout for the plumbing and other materials, locate and mark the positions for connections and fixtures, cut holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes, select the type and size of pipe required and measure, cut, thread, bend, clamp and solvent cement or solder pipe.
- Possible Careers Include: Residential, commercial, or industrial plumbing, installation of certain equipment and systems, renovation, maintenance and repair of existing plumbing
Power Engineering Certificate
GPRC's Power Engineering is a program with entry and exit points throughout the program. Students can enter at the beginning of the program and continue for two years and finish with a full Interprovincial Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency [issued by Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA). Students may also leave after the Fourth Class portion with a full Fourth Class Interprovincial Power Engineers Fourth Class Certificate of Competency (issued by ABSA). Students who need to complete either portion of the Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency may enter the program at that time and complete either Part A or Part B of the Third Class Interprovincial Power Engineering Certificate of Competency.
- Possible Career Paths Include: Working in Gas Plants, Power Generating Plants, Heavy Oil Plants, Petrochemical Plants, Pulp Mills, Food Production Plants, Refineries and Hospitals
Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship
Sheet Metal Workers design, fabricate, install, assemble and repair the sheet metal products required in a variety of industries and settings. Sheet Metal Workers use many types of metal including black and galvanized steel, copper, brass, nickel, stainless steel and aluminum to make many different products such as pollution control systems, air conditioning systems, solar heating systems, metal cabinets, tables, counters, electrical panels, and custom sheet metal fabrications.
- Possible Careers Include: Air conditioning and heating contractor, residential, commercial and industrial construction, flashing and coping contractor, specialist in design and layout work, installation cost estimator
Steamfitter-Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair various piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. Steamfitter-Pipefitters often work both indoors and outdoors, and in commercial buildings, the Oil & Gas sector or industrial plants.
- Possible Careers Include: Construction, mining and oil & gas extraction, manufacturing
Welders join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components, make metal parts used in construction and manufacturing plants, and weld parts, tools, machines and equipment.
In this apprenticeship program, you will learn the basics of Electric Arc, Gas and Resistance welding, as well as study basic joints, types of welds, welding symbols and weld faults, plus gain hands-on experience in safe work practices in shop and lab, hand tools and power tools, equipment setup, trades math, maintenance and troubleshooting.
- Possible Careers Include: Pipeline construction, commercial construction, industrial construction, heavy equipment repair, vessel or structural assembly
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