Lakeshore/Orangeville/Carrier Drive Reporter
Humber College Centre for Trades and Technology campus is gearing up for expansion in trades courses.
New $13 thousand milling machines have arrived in preparation for a one-year Millwright Techniques program starting in September.
A one-year Welding Techniques program will also be added with a start date of January 2016.
The Carrier Drive campus will be undergoing renovations this summer to accommodate the new millwright program, said Michael Auchincloss, associate dean in the School of Applied Technology.
Carrier Drive operations manager Nick Farnell said a few classrooms are being reconstructed into labs so they can run the Millwright program.
Three new mills and three lathes will be installed during the renovations to allow the students to complete machine projects, said program coordinator Robert Clark.
Students will be using these machines to manufacture parts to repair other machines, as well as learning how to repair them, said Clark.
The milling machines will be ideal for students to really get their hands dirty, said Auchincloss.
“We didn’t buy top of the line, we bought something that would last and be very durable and easy to fix,” he said.
The welding program will operate out of the fully equipped up-to-date welding labs and shops that are already in use at the campus by students enrolled in the Construction Boilermaker Apprenticeship program.
The new program is expected to be as successful as other similar programs including the Electrical Techniques program that was started four years ago and has done extremely well, said Auchincloss.
“The semesters are always full (in the Electrical Techniques program), and we had to add more sections. After that we started the Plumbing Techniques program as well,” he said.
“We have gotten a lot of inquires already and need around 20 people per course,” said Clark.
Students entering these programs will get the hands-on experience needed to land that first job, said Auchincloss.
Clark said companies want someone who can come in and work in a safe manner and have some basic skills.
He said the new one-year techniques programs will give students those skills.
Students these days don’t get as much exposure to the trades in high schools as they once did, said Auchincloss, who is an electrician by trade.
“Get the hands on, not exposed to this too much these days, once they get a taste of what the course entails, it’s like the light bulb comes up and so they can pursue an apprenticeship,” said Clark.
“When I went to high school we had wood working, small engine shop, and a metal working shop. Now the only thing that is left at that high school in Mississauga is a wood working shop,” he said.
“These programs are post-secondary. Someone can apply right out of high school. They don’t need to be hired on as an apprentice to take these programs,” said Farnell.
After completion of these one-year techniques courses students are able to take their education to the next level by perusing an apprenticeship option, said Clark.
An apprenticeship allows people to earn money as they learn but to pursue this, they have to find a job in the field first, said Auchincloss.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” he said. “I had expertise in the field already. The first question they ask is ‘do you have any experience?’ If you don’t have experience, you aren’t going to get hired.”
Students are given Level One in the trade by taking these new one-year techniques courses, said Clark.
“Then go to a company with that (and) it gives you a step up to ask a company to hire them for an apprenticeship,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get these courses up and running. It will bring a new life to Carrier Drive, not that we need any more because we are starting to fill the place up,” said Auchincloss.