Building Renovation Technology Program (T148)

Program Description

Program Overview

There is a growing demand for qualified, knowledgeable and professional renovators and custom home builders in the construction industry. This three-year program is designed to prepare you for employment in the carpentry trade and management areas of the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design business principles being key.

Full Description

This program is designed to teach you new construction and building renovation skills from both an applied perspective and a management perspective, including carpentry techniques and new materials applications, while providing a solid understanding of the renovation-related trades.

Hands-on training takes place in fully equipped labs where students practice current techniques related to renovations and new-home construction, using sustainable design principles. The third year of the program focuses on project management skills required to work in a supervisory role. You will also have an introductory exposure to the business skills that can be adapted to starting and running a renovation, custom home building or general contracting business.

Practical applications include:

  • residential construction and renovations
  • millwork
  • demolition
  • framing
  • finishes
  • drywall installation and finishing
  • site management
  • cabinetry
  • stair construction
  • building code
  • basic electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems.

Business skills include:

  • business management
  • marketing
  • client relations
  • project management
  • site management
  • scheduling
  • controlling, estimating and bookkeeping
  • budgeting and financial management
  • inspections

You will also learn how to use and apply computer software and technology currently used in the construction industry, including spreadsheets, computer-aided design, estimating, project management and presentation tools.

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 to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

This program is unique in Ontario.

Your Field Education Options

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of field placement. 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 will 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 resumé.

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.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Educational Pathways

Qualified graduates may be eligible for direct entry into the third year of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. Bridge courses will be required.

For more information, see Diploma to Degree page.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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