Conestoga news

March 5, 2008 10:15 AM

New Trades Programs at Guelph and Waterloo

There is no substitute for practical education when it comes to developing and implementing the skills responsible for economic growth and prosperity. Conestoga takes this responsibility seriously and has built an enviable reputation for educational excellence in technical trades.

In order to continue this record of growth and success, Conestoga is introducing five new skilled trades program this fall - four at the Guelph campus and one at Waterloo. All five programs lead to a Conestoga College certificate and each can be completed in less than a year of study.

New at Guelph are Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Techniques, Motive Power Fundamentals - Truck Trailer Service and Basic Machine Operator.

At 34 weeks in length, Heavy Equipment Operator offers instruction in inspection, maintenance, installation and operating skills associated with heavy equipment such as loader backhoes and excavators. The program also emphasizes development of skills in communications, mathematics and computer applications.

Two other programs, Heavy Equipment Techniques and Motive Power Fundamentals - Truck Trailer Service, are 47 weeks in length, and each includes a 16-week period of co-operative education employment. The former program deals with inspection and testing skills associated with systems found in heavy duty equipment, plus emphasizing communication, documentation, information technology and computer skills. The latter program combines pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship learning related to the truck trailer service technician trade, and includes skills development in trade-related mathematics, communications and computer applications.

In these three Guelph campus programs, students sign on as apprentices from the start of the program, through a consortium of employers who act as group sponsors for the entire cohort of students. This arrangement allows students to do in-college apprenticeship training.

Also at Guelph will be Basic Machine Operator, a 32-week program that deals with basic mechanical skills related to the operation of manufacturing equipment and includes as part of the curriculum a period of co-op education employment experience.

The new offering at Waterloo is a 32-week Construction Techniques program that explores the development of construction-related skills in areas such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding and electrical (including HVAC systems).

Enrolment capacity in each of these programs is limited. Details about these programs, application requirements and admission procedures are available through the information centre of Conestoga. Either telephone 519-748-5220, ext. 3656 or email

View our recent New Programs Flyer.

CONTACT: Brenda Gilmore (Guelph), 519-824-9390, ext. 122,; Tanja Gancevich (Waterloo), 519-885-0300, ext. 252,