Foundations of Technology & Trades

City: Sarnia
One Term Board of Governors Certificate
Jan Open


Prepare for success in future technology programs by taking this one term program. Explore career options in trades and technology fields while strengthening and upgrading academic skills.

Lambton College's Foundations of Technology & Trades program is specifically designed to pave your path towards a dynamic career in technology and skilled trades. This unique program is your gateway to mastering the fundamentals, providing a solid foundation for those aspiring to thrive in the fast-paced world of technology and hands-on trades.

Whether you're looking to break into cutting-edge technology fields or skilled trades, our program is the perfect starting point to unlock your potential and shape your future.

Why Choose our Program?

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 subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact Review the Mature Student Admission process.

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


  • Term 1 $2,162.99

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Technology Requirements

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

Labs & Equipment


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 and inclusive communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

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.


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.

Student Success & 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.

Electric Circuits I

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.

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Introduction to Pumps, Machines & Piping

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.

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Introduction to Biology

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.

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Basic Chemistry

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.

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Power Transmissions, Bearings & Lubrication

This course is designed to prepare the student to disassemble, service and recommission the components in power transmission applications. These applications include belts and pulleys, chains and sprockets, shafts, speed reducers, gears, brakes, clutch mechanisms, harmonic drives, couplings, cams and followers, keys, splines, bushings, bearings and seals. Students will be introduced to the types, properties and application of lubricants. Students will perform associated trade calculations and interpret engineering and component drawings, ISO charts, and bearing catalogues to ensure that work performed conforms to specifications. Millwright technicians are required to perform various tasks related to removal, maintenance and the installation of power transmitting components. They must follow safety guidelines, manufacturers? specifications and company procedures. They must understand the workings of assembly components and be able to communicate effectively with manufacturers, engineers and skilled trades workers.


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Program Information

Applied Science, Engineering Technology & Trades

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

Students in shop using hand drill and weaing protective gear.

This program equips you with essential skills - guided by expert faculty and tailored to meet today's industry demands. It is an ideal launch pad for those aspiring to advance in technological fields or skilled trades, offering a strong base for further education and future employment opportunities.

More Information

Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)


To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.