Building Renovation Technology Program (T148)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Building Renovation Technology
  • Code: T148
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,975.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Mandatory Field Placement

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

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Overview

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 in order 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 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 Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance and explore career opportunities.
  2. Comply with and monitor health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Prepare quotes and monitor that work is completed 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 building construction and renovation field.
  4. Promote and maintain sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction and renovation projects.
  5. Facilitate collaboration and interaction among a range of tradespersons and project stakeholders to support timely completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  6. Review and interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
  7. Use technologies to obtain, analyze, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
  8. Analyze and solve technical problems related to the design and implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of advanced technical mathematics, building design and building science.
  9. Select, maintain and safely use hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, when performing layout, cutting, fitting and assembly operations.
  10. 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.
  11. Evaluate the methods employed and the use of equipment and materials involved in the completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  12. Schedule, coordinate and monitor the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying principles and strategies of project management.
  13. Design and implement business strategies to develop home building, renovation and re-development enterprises.
  14. Apply leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills to manage building construction and renovation projects.

Courses

Required Courses

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.

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG 1009 Residential Wood Frame Construction
DRFT1006 Architectural Plan Interpretation 1
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
COMM1007 College English
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG 1081 Construction Safety & Rigging
BLDG 1082 Construction Layout
DRFT 2017 Architectural Plan Interpretation 2
GSCI 1022 Building Science & Environment
PORT 1001 Portfolio
BLDG2003 ICI Renovation
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG1020 Interior Millwork and Finishes
BLDG2033 Field Placement 1
BLDG2052 Methods of Measurement: Renovation and Redevelopment
BLDG3027 Deconstruction Methods
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG2008 Associated Trades – Applied Theory and Applications
BLDG2027 Field Placement 2
BLDG2050 Estimating
BLDG2071 Site Management and Industry Practices
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG2047 Planning and Scheduling
BLDG3153 Residential Design 1 (CAD)
BLDG3154 Construction Economics and Real Estate Property Development
BLDG3155 Business Management and Development
BLDG3157 Inspections
BLDG3158 Financial Management and Bookkeeping

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG1013 Zoning and Building Regulations
BLDG1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
BLDG2022 Law and Construction Contracts
BLDG3026 Sustainable Building Rating Systems and Renovation Practices
BLDG3159 Residential Design 2 (CAD)
BLDG3161 Building Renovation Project Management Capstone

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in many areas of the renovation and construction field. Opportunities include:

  • Renovation
  • General contracting
  • Custom home building
  • Green technology
  • Site supervision
  • Project management
  • Estimating
  • Technical sales
  • Home inspections
  • Carpentry
  • Self-employment
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 georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree

Future Study Options

Qualified graduates may be eligible for direct entry into the third year of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) (T316) degree program. Bridge courses will be required.

For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T316/

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,975.00 *
Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

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.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711

Email: skilledtrades@georgebrown.ca

Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E308

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Building Renovation Technology Program (T148)

2020-20212021-2022

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

This three-year program is unique in Ontario.

Program Overview

There is a growing demand for qualified, knowledgeable and professional renovators and custom home builders in the construction industry. According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, more than half the spending in the Canadian construction industry takes place in the renovation field. 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 in order 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 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 Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance and explore career opportunities.
  2. Comply with and monitor health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Prepare quotes and monitor that work is completed 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 building construction and renovation field.
  4. Promote and maintain sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction and renovation projects.
  5. Facilitate collaboration and interaction among a range of tradespersons and project stakeholders to support timely completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  6. Review and interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
  7. Use technologies to obtain, analyze, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
  8. Analyze and solve technical problems related to the design and implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of advanced technical mathematics, building design and building science.
  9. Select, maintain and safely use hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, when performing layout, cutting, fitting and assembly operations.
  10. 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.
  11. Evaluate the methods employed and the use of equipment and materials involved in the completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  12. Schedule, coordinate and monitor the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying principles and strategies of project management.
  13. Design and implement business strategies to develop home building, renovation and re-development enterprises.
  14. Apply leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills to manage building construction and renovation projects.

Courses

Required Courses

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.

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG1009 Residential Wood Frame Construction
DRFT1006 Architectural Plan Interpretation 1
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
COMM1007 College English
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
PORT1050 Portfolio
BLDG1081 Construction Safety and Rigging
BLDG1082 Construction Layout
BLDG2003 ICI Renovation
DRFT2017 Architectural Plan Interpretation 2
GSCI1022 Building Science and the Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG1020 Interior Millwork and Finishes
BLDG2033 Field Placement 1
BLDG2052 Methods of Measurement: Renovation and Redevelopment
BLDG3027 Deconstruction Methods
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG2008 Associated Trades – Applied Theory and Applications
BLDG2027 Field Placement 2
BLDG2050 Estimating
BLDG2071 Site Management and Industry Practices
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG3155 Business Management and Development
BLDG2047 Planning and Scheduling
BLDG3153 Residential Design 1 (CAD)
BLDG3154 Construction Economics and Real Estate Property Development
BLDG3157 Inspections
BLDG3158 Financial Management and Bookkeeping

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
BLDG1013 Zoning and Building Regulations
BLDG1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
BLDG2022 Law and Construction Contracts
BLDG3026 Sustainable Building Rating Systems and Renovation Practices
BLDG3159 Residential Design 2 (CAD)
BLDG3161 Building Renovation Project Management Capstone

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in many areas of the renovation and construction field. Opportunities include:

  • Renovation
  • General contracting
  • Custom home building
  • Green technology
  • Site supervision
  • Project management
  • Estimating
  • Technical sales
  • Home inspections
  • Carpentry
  • Self-employment
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 georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree

Future Study Options

Qualified graduates may be eligible for direct entry into the third year of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) (T312) degree program. Bridge courses will be required.

For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,121.00 *
Additional Costs

* 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.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

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.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711

Email: skilledtrades@georgebrown.ca

Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E308

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.