There is a growing demand for qualified renovators in the building industry who are aware of the growing interest in maintaining our environment and are knowledgeable about sustainable building practices. According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, more than half the spending in the Canadian construction industry takes place in the renovation field. This two-year program at George Brown College is designed to prepare you for employment in the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design principles being key.
Building Renovation Technician
2 years (4 semesters)
Ontario College Diploma
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Building Renovation Technician is a two-year program designed to prepare you for employment in the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design principles being key.
You will learn new construction and building renovation skills, carpentry techniques and new materials applications while gaining a solid understanding of the renovation-related trades. Hands-on training takes place in fully equipped labs where students practice framing and finishing techniques using sustainable design principles.
Practical applications include:
- Residential construction and renovations
- Drywall installation and finishing
- Site management
- Stair construction
- Building code
- Basics in electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems
Note: When you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.
Part Time Study Options
Part-time study options are not available for this program; however, our Continuing Education department offers evening courses and part-time certificate programs in Building/Construction Technologies. See coned.georgebrown.ca
Your Field Study options
This program offers two field placement opportunities in semester 3 and semester 4. George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.
In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide additional learning opportunities with real-world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at our Industry Liaison office.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance and explore career opportunities.
- Comply with health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
- Assist in the preparation of material estimations and quotes and complete all work in compliance with the rights and conditions of contractual obligations, the Ontario and/or National Building Codes, applicable laws, bylaws, standards and ethical practices in the construction, renovation and conservation building fields.
- Incorporate sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction, renovation and conservation projects in accordance with sustainable building guidelines.
- Communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors, coworkers and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships.
- Interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
- Select and use technologies to obtain, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
- Solve problems related to the implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of basic technical mathematics, building design and building science.
- Select, maintain and safely use hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, when performing layout, cutting, fitting and assembly operations.
- Complete building and renovation stages, from site layout and footings to the application of interior and exterior finishes, in accordance with blueprint specifications and conservation principles.
- Select a range of materials and equipment for their appropriate application to building construction and renovation projects.
- Schedule and assist in monitoring the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying basic principles and strategies of project management.
- Apply basic business principles and strategies to the operation of a building construction and/or renovation enterprise.
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Printable Curriculum Planner Fall 2019
Printable Curriculum Planner Winter 2020
Please note that students who start T110 or T148 in the Winter term will take 1st and 2nd semester courses in alternatively delivered formats.
|BLDG1009||Residential Wood Frame Construction|
|DRFT1006||Architectural Plan Interpretation 1|
|GHUM1106||History of Architecture|
|MATH1136||Mathematics for Building Technologies 1|
|BLDG1081||Construction Safety and Rigging|
|DRFT2017||Architectural Plan Interpretation 2|
|GSCI1022||Building Science and the Environment|
|MATH1146||Mathematics for Building Technologies 2|
|BLDG1020||Interior Millwork and Finishes|
|BLDG2033||Field Placement 1|
|BLDG2052||Methods of Measurement: Renovation and Redevelopment|
|COMM1113||Professional Communications for Building Technologies|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|BLDG2008||Associated Trades – Applied Theory and Applications|
|BLDG2027||Field Placement 2|
|BLDG2071||Site Management and Industry Practices|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
Detailed course outlines
General Education Electives
Graduates may find employment in many areas of the renovation and construction field. Opportunities may include:
- General contracting
- Custom home building
- Site supervision
- Technical sales
- Home inspections
Future Study Options
Pathways for direct entry into the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are available from the Building Renovation Technology advanced diploma program (T148).
For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree
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* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.
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Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)
Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.
Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
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If you are a college or university student or graduate, you may be eligible for program transfers or course-to-course transfers. We have transfer agreements with colleges and universities across Canada and internationally.
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"I’m working hard to maintain George Brown College’s good reputation. I never realized that I would get such enjoyment and be so enthusiastic about going to school here – the hard work I put in all seems worth it."
Delonny Octave (Student, Building Renovation Technician)
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