Program Information

The Pre-Trades & Technology Ontario College Certificate program is designed to assist those who are interested in a technical career but have yet to decide which one, or lack the necessary prerequisites for the career path they’ve chosen. This preparatory program is ideal for building student confidence and academic preparedness for entering post-secondary education.

In just two terms, students are introduced to careers and programs in the skilled trades, as well as the two and three-year technician and technology program offerings at Lambton college. In addition, students will obtain guidance toward reaching their own personal goals, develop life skills and deepen their knowledge and skills in subjects such as chemistry and math. Overall, completion of this program gives students a competitive edge in academic and personal preparedness for future programs, particularly those programs in which there is competition for co-op opportunities. 

One course, in each of the two terms, can be chosen from a list of options. Students, therefore have the opportunity to take diploma level courses during the PTEC certificate program, earning advanced credits towards a diploma program.  

Students may enter this program in either the fall or winter term. 

Please Note: Completion of the Pre-Trades and Technology certificate does not guarantee entrance into any program at Lambton College. However, applicants who have successfully completed Pre-Trades & Technology at Lambton College will receive 10 bonus marks towards their admission ranking. 

Where there is intent to prepare for entry into a technology-related program at other colleges, please seek advice from those colleges regarding acceptance of credits from Lambton College. 

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 11 Mathematics C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subjects of English and Mathematics for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in these required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact counselling@lambtoncollege.ca. Review the Mature Student Admission process

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College recommends that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Course List

MTH-1063: Introduction to Mathematics (Part 1)

This is the first of two courses designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of mathematical concepts. This course reviews and enhances topics in numeracy, measurement, graphs, algebra, solving equations, and statistics. Competent use of a scientific calculator is also emphasized.

CCT-1066: Safety, Tools and Materials

The student will be presented with information for the care and safe use of hand, portable and stationary power tools including saws, jointers, planners, routers, biscuit joiners and drills. Students will study the production and physical characteristics of materials used in construction including solid wood and manufactured construction products, fasteners and adhesives. Students will utilize the information given and apply it to practical wood working projects with a keen emphasis on technique, while demonstrating tasks safely.

JSS-1102: Career Exploration

In this course, students will get exposure to a variety of apprenticeship, trades and technology programs offered at Lambton College through a series of guest lecturers, and field excursions. Students will create a portfolio about several selected programs of the student's choosing, and will present one portfolio to the class. The course will provide the student deeper insight into future career paths in trades and technology.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Select ONE of the following optional courses:

OHS-1023: Occupational Health and Safety (optional)

This course introduces participants to the broad and ever-changing field of occupational health and safety, an inherently technical subject area. The multiple dimensions of the various issues--technical, legislative, political, and personal--are a required part of the training for a professional in this field or for someone who is involved with this kind of operation. Major topic areas include the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WCB, WHMIS, transportation of dangerous goods, accident prevention and investigation, physical and biological agents, and the management of Occupational Health and Safety programs

-or-

WEL-1123: Safety and Welding Basics (optional)

This course is designed to develop knowledge of general safety practices and operating principles of OFC/OFW (oxy-fuel cutting/welding), brazing, PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting), and semi-automatic welding equipment (Gas Metal Arc Welding-GMAW, Flux Cored Arc Welding-FCAW, Metal Cored Arc Welding-MCAW). Emphasis will be given to cutting and welding in the flat and horizontal positions. All industrial operations entail potential risks to health and safety, especially when welding. The intent of this course is to minimize these hazards by providing the student with the skills to comply with all safety rules and procedures involved in the industry.

-or-

ICS-1302: Fundamentals of Instrumentation (optional)

This is an introductory course in process instrumentation and safety. Topics will include WHIMS and an introduction to industrial hazards, Job Safety Analysis, and Work Permits. Basic instrumentation and control loop concepts, instrument signalling, wiring, and calibration techniques will be studied. Pressure measurement will be covered in greater detail. The reading and interpretation of Process and Instrumentation Diagrams will be addressed. The laboratory component will expose the student to the correct use and operation of calibration devices, pressure sensors and measuring instruments.

-or-

WML-1204: Water Monitoring and Sampling (optional)

This is a course designed to introduce basic sampling and analytical techniques to water and wastewater plant operators. The course concentrates on sampling techniques and necessary lab skills. Students learn how to develop sampling plans and take representative process samples that are free of contamination due to handling. They also learn the proper techniques and instrumentation for performing comprehensive laboratory analyses on water and wastewater samples.

-or-

OES-1013: Operating Engineering Studies I (optional)

This is an introductory course in Operating Engineering, which will give a general overview of process equipment, systems, and techniques. The codes and regulations that apply to Operating Engineering will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on safety concerns such as WHMIS, plant safety, protective equipment, fire protection and extinguishing equipment, and environmental impacts. Process drawing fundamentals, basic process equipment such as steam traps, relief valves, piping systems, and lubrication systems will be studied.

COM-1113: Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

MTH-1055: Introduction to Mathematics

This course provides the learner with a fundamental understanding of mathematical concepts. This course reviews and enhances topics in arithmetic, algebra, logarithms, graphs, measurement, and trigonometry. It also teaches the student optimal use of a scientific calculator.

PHY-1024: Physics

Physics is the description of physical phenomena in orderly mathematical terms. This introductory course assumes no prior knowledge of physics. The topics covered are those of classical physics which include mechanics: motion and forces; fluids; thermodynamics; waves; electricity; and magnetism.

SDV-1022: Student Success and Life Skills

This course prepares students for both college academic life and future career success. The main focus of this course includes accepting personal responsibility, discovering self-motivation, mastering self-management, employing interdependence, gaining self-awareness, adopting lifelong learning and developing emotional intelligence. Students identify personal learning styles, communication styles, and personality styles to better achieve success in learning about, understanding, and choosing the courses and careers that will lead to personal and professional satisfaction.

Select ONE of the following optional courses:

ELE-1065: Electric Circuits I (optional)

It is an introductory course in electricity consisting of fundamental electric principles together with an analysis of simple electric circuits. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. Laboratory exercises complement the material covered in class.

-or-

IMT-1233: Introduction to Pumps, Machines and Piping (optional)

This course is a survey of the aspects of pumps, piping and conveyor systems applicable to Mechanical Technicians in the Industrial Maintenance program. Millwrights working in the trade will be involved with many different types of equipment including pumps, piping systems and conveyors. The millwright must be familiar with the different types of pumps, their unique features and how they are maintained. Piping systems are associated all other plant equipment. This piping must be selected, installed and maintained. The student will develop knowledge regarding types, selection and the principles of operation of various materials handling systems. The knowledge obtained is considered as background for other technical courses including Preventive and Predictive Maintenance.

-or-

BIO-1055: Introduction to Biology (optional)

This course is designed to introduce the student to basic human anatomy and physiology through the study of organ systems including the following: nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary. General organization of the body, cells, tissues, and organs will also be considered.

-or-

CHM-1005: Basic Chemistry (optional)

This course is intended to provide the student with an introduction to basic chemical principles and skills. Topics include classification of matter, physical and chemical changes, chemical nomenclature, writing balanced chemical equations, and gas laws. Students perform calculations of quantities of substances consumed and produced in chemical reactions in terms of mass, moles, and gas volumes. Laboratory exercises complement theoretical concepts and develop good, safe laboratory practices through hands on activities and chemical experimentation. This course prepares students for CHM 2004, Basic Chemistry II, in which concepts relating to organic chemistry and aqueous solutions are developed.

Optional Courses

In both Term 1 and Term 2 there is a list of five optional courses. Students may select one optional course each term.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates are able to transfer into trades, technician, and technology diploma programs at Lambton College and other Ontario colleges.

The trades programs students may apply to after completing this program include:

  • Construction Carpentry Techniques;
  • Renovation Construction Technician;
  • Electrical Techniques; and, 
  • Welding Techniques.

The technician and technology programs to which students may apply after completing this program include:

  • Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology;
  • Power Engineering Technology;
  • Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology/Technician;
  • Millwright Mechanical Technician;
  • Environmental Technician – Water & Wastewater Systems Operations;
  • Electrical Power Distribution & Control Technician;
  • Chemical Lab Technician; and,
  • Workplace Safety & Prevention.

Technology & Trades
519-479-2337

-or-

Program Information
519-541-2403
info@lambtoncollege.ca

Back to Top