School of Trades and Technology

Building Construction Technician

42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Complete a two-year diploma in just 42 weeks!


Canadore has one of the largest carpentry labs in Ontario, with over 14,000 sq. ft. of training space – large enough to have two full-size houses built within its walls. In this program you will gain the hands-on skills needed to work in the growing building construction industry. You will learn essential skills, such as how to operate the tools and equipment of the trade, layout and construction of wood frame structures, interior and exterior finishes, and much more.

Includes a two-week work placement

Your Future Career

  • Commercial and residential carpentry
  • Project design, planning and management
  • Construction companies
  • General contracting
  • Self-employment

What You Learn

  • Site layout and foundation systems
  • Interior and exterior finishes
  • Tools and equipment
  • Wood framing
  • Stair construction
  • Blueprint reading
  • Portable and stationary power tools
  • Ontario Building Code

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

BTT 025 Tools and Equipment
CAR 010 Site Layout
CAR 022 Foundation Systems
MTH 108 Trades Calculations
CMM 125 College Communications

Semester 2

CAR 032 Wood Framing
CAR 095 Finishes 1
GENED General Education Elective - Online
HUM 100 Interpersonal Relations

Semester 3

CAR 070 Blueprint Reading
CAR 090 Estimating for Residential Structures
CAR 042 Stair Construction
CAR 100 Finishes 2
PFN 100 Personal Finance
CAR 200 Work Placement
Ontario College Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139