ESTR 055 - Trades Access Common Core (TACC)

Students will learn about occupational health and safety requirements as they pertain to a worksite, become familiar with the hand and power tools commonly used in nearly every trade, and the mathematics and science skills necessary to be successful as a trades person in today’s changing environment.


Hours: 120 (Lecture: 96; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 24)




Non-Course Prerequisites: 




Course Content:

Control in the Work Place
Describe the Cause and Result of Accidents
Describe Short-term Hazards in the Trades
Describe Long-term Hazards in the Trades
Describe General Safety Precautions and Procedures
Describe Emergency Equipment and Facilities
Describe How a Workplace Safety Policy is established
Describe Lockout and Tagout Procedures

Describe Worksafe BC Regulations
Define Terms Used in the Workers Compensation Act (WCA)
Describe WCA Conditions of Compensation
State the Responsibilities of Employers, Workers, and Others at the Workplace
Describe the WCA Requirements for Reporting Workplace Accidents
Use the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Handling Hazardous Materials Safely
Explain Hazardous Products Legislations
Describe the Key Elements of WHMIS
Describe the Labeling of Controlled Products
Identify Pictograms Found on WHMIS Labels
Explain WHMIS Education and Training
WHMIS online certification instructions

Describe Personal Safety Practices
Describe Safety Gear and Work Clothing
Describe Fall Protection Systems
Lift and Move Objects Safely

Describe Fire Safety
Describe the conditions necessary to support a fire
Identify classes of fires and extinguishers
Apply Preventative Fire Safety Precautions
Describe First-Response Firefighting

Apply Study Habits
Use Effective Study Habits
Describe Effective Listening Techniques
Describe Techniques for Effective Reading
Describe Effective Note-Taking Techniques
Describe Ways to Research Information
Describe Effective Techniques for Taking and Preparing for Tests

Describe Expectations and Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
Describe the Trends Affecting Employment in the Canadian and British Columbia Economies
Employer Expectations
Respect in the Workplace
Describe How to Maintain Customer and Co-worker Relations
Describe Stress Management Techniques
Describe Assertive Communication
Describe Effective Job-Search Strategies

Interpersonal Communication Skills
Describe the principles of Communication
Describe Effective Listening Techniques
Describe the Procedures for Giving and Receiving Feedback
Describe Conflict Resolution Techniques
Describe Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making

Describe the Apprenticeship System
Understanding the Apprenticeship System
Describe the Red Seal Program

Common Hand Tools
Identify Cutting Tools
Measuring, Marking and Squaring Tools
Bracing and Securing Tools
Hammering and Prying Tools
Leveling Tools
Wrenches and Pliers
Screw Drivers
Specialized Tools

Common Power Tools
Types of Power
Safe Use of Power Tools
Electric Saws
Power Drills
Router, Grinders and Sanders
Portable Air Tools
Powder Actuated Tools

Rigging and Hoisting Equipment
Lifting Principles
Lifting Equipment
Lifting Hardware
Hoisting Communication

Ladders and Working Platforms
Describe Ladders
Describe Scaffolds
Describe Aerial Lifts

Solve Trades Mathematical Problems
Use Arithmetic and Estimation
Work with Measurements
Solve Problems Involving Ratio and Proportion
Solve Problems Involving Percent
Solve Problems Involving Power, Roots and Scientific Notation
Solve Problems Using Equations and Formulas
Solve Problems Involving Perimeters, Area and Volumes
Solve Problems Involving Geometric Shapes

Apply Science Concepts
Identify the Properties of Matter
Describe Practical Applications of Mechanics
Describe the Basic Properties of Thermal Energy

Drawing and Specifications
Describe the Drafting Tools and Materials used in Drawing Plans
Use Scale Rulers to determine actual Dimensions
Describe Drawing Projections
Interpret Mechanical Drawings
Create Drawings and Sketches

Introduction to Codes, Regulations and Standards
Describe Authorities, Agencies and Organizations affecting the Trades
Explain Codes, Standards, Regulations and By-Laws affecting the Trades

Use Manufacturer and Supplier Documentation
Describe Documentation encountered in the Trades
Describe Information Contained in Manufacturer and Supplier Documentation
Use Trade Related Documentation
Use Reference Material
Describe how to Use Computers to Source and Store Manufacturer Documentation

Project Planning
Describe the Organization of a Project
Describe Considerations When Handling Materials

Basic Principles of Electricity
Explain the Fundamentals of Electricity
Describe Basic Circuit Concepts
Describe Electromagnetism
Describe the Basic Principle of Electricity

Common Electrical Circuit Components and Their Symbols
Identify Circuit Components and Their Schematic


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will know the safe work practices required in a construction environment, the basic use of hand tools and equipment, and electrical fundamentals. Students will also acquire solid employability skills, be able to apply their organizational skills, and be prepared for entry-level employment in general construction trades.


Grading System:  Percentage Grades


Passing Grade:  70%


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.