Vernon Trades Training Centre
Watch recorded Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship candidate presentations

February 26, 2021

Last week employees were invited to tune-in live to watch online presentations by candidates for Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College. All four candidates have now finished their presentations. Employees who were unable to attend live but are still interested in viewing the presentations can now view each candidates recorded video below. Stephen Speers - Video presentation. No access code needed Denis Caron - Video presentation. Access passcode is %GujZ#K8 Teresa Kisilevich - Video presentation. Access passcode is xDQ.6EWv ...

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Austin MacArthur
Indigenous Awards drives support for OC students

February 24, 2021

Kamloops’ Austin MacArthur moved to Kelowna to attend Okanagan College’s Automotive Service Technician program to unlock a lifelong dream of becoming a mechanic – a dream fueled in part by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society’s Indigenous Student awards. MacArthur is one of over 600 BC Indigenous students who shared more than $2.2 million in awards from the Society in support of post-secondary studies. The Society’s Indigenous Award program is one of six award programs and was created to assist in removing barriers to higher educatio...

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Home Depot delivers tools
Women in Trades Training program gets a helpful boost

February 16, 2021

When Home Depot employee and OC Women in Trades Training (WITT) student Hannah Greene began showcasing new confidence and skills in her job, her manager Steve Ngui took notice. After hearing about OC’s Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program that Greene is enrolled in, Ngui and Home Depot decided to support the program by way of a generous tool donation. On Jan. 29, Home Depot gifted the program with a large selection of brand-new tools to help train students in the five trades the program features – plumbing, electrical, automotiv...

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OC Pastry Arts
A date with OC: A Valentine’s dinner surprise

February 9, 2021

Last minute Valentine’s day plans aren’t always the most memorable, but Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, has a solution for you this Saturday that offers an unforgettable dining twist – everything is a surprise. What do we know about this surprise evening? Infusions Restaurant is opening its doors this Saturday, Feb. 13, to offer diners a Valentine’s culinary adventure to remember, where they won’t know what dish is coming out next. Diners will sit down for a five-course dinner menu created by OC Pastry Arts chef Danny Capadouca an...

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COVID Cookbook
Order up: OC debuts new take-away cookbook menu

January 19, 2021

Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a unique way to get a taste of its popular collaborative cookbook, What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During COVID Times, with a special take-away menu featuring dinners for two from the cookbook. Following the success of the sold-out cookbook – now in it’s second print run – the College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program selected five delicious dinner and five delectable dessert recipes from the cookbook to bring to life at Infusions with a special take-away initiative from Jan. 2...

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Carpentry instructor Trevor Fedderson stands in the woodworking shop
Meet Trevor Fedderson, Carpentry instructor

December 8, 2020

Q: What is your education and background? A: I always was working with wood and used my skills to put myself through school where I earned a BA in Youth Ministry with a minor in Psychology. I was using my BA to work with youth and young adults in a church setting. Eventually, I found myself getting back into Carpentry. It was a passion of mine that I couldn’t get away from.  After I decided to leave the church setting, I was not ticketed but had a lot of experience in Carpentry so ...

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Chef Mike Barillaro
Inaugural Student Chef Dinner and Pie Fundraiser winter highlights for Culinary Arts program

December 4, 2020

Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program is serving up good cheer during the last month of 2020, with two new events that will showcase student creations and support the community simultaneously. On Dec. 10, Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus will open its doors to welcome a limited number of guests for the inaugural Student Chef Dinner, a seven-course tasting experience. The evening gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills and the very best of Okanagan region cuisine. “The Student Chef Dinner is a fantastic opportuni...

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Piping and plumbing students at the Kelowna campus stand in a hallway where they've been working
Plumbing students keeping OC safe

November 25, 2020

A class of Plumbing and Piping Foundation students is gaining hands-on experience while making OC a safer place.   The class is currently at work installing new sprinkler system components in the Electrical Trades Training House and under the mezzanine of the Plumbing and Piping shop in Kelowna.   Pacific Western Fire Protection provided the materials and guided the students through the layout and installation process. Owner Brad Westen has also volunteered his time educating the students on sprinkler codes and best practices.    “It’s grea...

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Plumbing and Pipefitting instructor Cemone Bredeson takes a break in the shop by a laptop
Meet Cemone Bredeson, Plumbing and Pipefitting instructor

November 25, 2020

Q: What is your education and background? A: I completed my trades training at BCIT to obtain my Red Seal certificate in the steamfitting and pipefitting trade.  I’ve got a B Gas ticket for the Province of British Columbia. I’m also Red Seal-certified in Plumbing and am currently working on obtaining my Provincial Instructors Diploma at VCC. Q: What is your area of interest? A: I am intrigued by how the brain works to process information. I want to know more about how people learn,...

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RBC, local experts offer up virtual financial advice for students

November 6, 2020

Okanagan College trades students will have a unique opportunity later this month to ask questions of local experts and learn how they can build a strong financial foundation. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is hosting Business Planning for Trades, a virtual panel discussion geared toward students currently training for a career in the trades at the College. Panelists include: Jason Williamson, Commercial Account Manager with RBC (previously a small business account manager and has worked with clients through all stages of their business) Brian ...

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OC Remembers represents obituaries and celebrations of life for members of our community who have passed away.
Memorial Award created in memory of Steve Dahnert

October 22, 2020

Flags at the Penticton campus were lowered recently in memory of Steve Dahnert, a long-time OC Trades and Apprenticeship instructor who passed away on October 12 in a motor vehicle accident.   Steve began teaching in the Electrical Trades department in July of 2006. He shared his knowledge and passion for the trade with countless students over the past 14 years.   “We were deeply saddened to hear the news about Steve’s sudden passing. He had so many great skills, brought amazing en...

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Women in Trades Training Info Session

October 5, 2020

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Trades Talk Tuesdays

October 2, 2020

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AMT Student Eric Pruijs
Pandemic teaches importance of caring for one another

August 21, 2020

Eric Pruijs was in the first month of his Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) program when COVID-19 resulted in classes being cancelled temporarily and quickly moved online. “I felt alone when this was happening,” recalls Eric, who had saved up to take the program but still planned on working part-time to get by. “I was worried about my finances and how it was going to work out. I needed to find ways to support myself.” Eric considered leaving the program to focus on finding work...

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OC Culinary Arts program Serves Up meals for students in need

July 9, 2020

It’s an example of students helping students that is sure to warm hearts and bellies. With the support of RBC Royal Bank of Canada, the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) and Sysco, Okanagan College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts students are launching an innovative new program designed to hone their skills while providing nutritious meals for fellow students who are struggling financially. When the pandemic hit B.C. earlier this spring, OC’s training kitchens went dark. Students and instructors donated food to the Kelowna Food Bank as C...

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Recommended Trades Student Characteristics

Recommended Student Characteristics

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Below are some of the physical activities involved with given programs and the recommended student characteristics to complete tasks.

Please note: Okanagan College strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience disability related academic barriers (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please contact Accessibility Services so that you can discuss options privately.

Physical activities of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers - Structures:

  • lifting and carrying tools, supplies, materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from floor to above the shoulders
  • standing on concrete and asphalt for extended periods of time
  • not limited to drilling, cutting, filing, sanding, sewing, painting, riveting, shearing, hammering, shoring, jacking, sawing, nailing, lifting, sweeping, cleaning and towing large aircraft
  • learning and working in both indoor and outdoor venues, through all seasonal challenges
  • may be required to work in awkward, uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time.
  • use of solvents, cleaners, paints, adhesives
  • working around loud, moving aircraft
  • working at heights that exceed six feet 
Recommended student characteristics:
  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • strength and stamina to handle physical work
  • ability to tolerate loud noise and vibration from riveting tools
  • ability to work around loud, moving aircraft
  • comfortable working at heights exceeding six feet
  • good manual dexterity to manipulate small nuts, bolts, fittings, and components
  • eye sight; must be correctable to 20/20 with good line, form and depth perception
  • good manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • hearing; able to work in a hazardous environment and recognize the dangers of jet engines running and propeller driven aircraft dangers recognizable by sound, as well be able to communicate complicated instructions in high-noise environments
  • demonstrate an attitude of safety in the workplace at all times

Physical activities involved with the Aircraft Maintenance Technician trade:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 10 Kgs.
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete and asphalt for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling to perform various tasks

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials Ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good manual dexterity
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception

Physical activities involved with learning Carpentry:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 50 pounds
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling to perform carpentry tasks
  • learning and working in all weather conditions including prolonged periods of rain or heat
  • pushing, pulling and carrying lumber and construction materials
  • climbing extension ladders, and working on scaffolding at heights

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • balance and coordination to walk on uneven ground for up to 8 hours per day.
  • good manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception

 

Physical activities involved in the Electrician trade:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 30 pounds
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand and power tools from below grade to above shoulders.
  • standing on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling or crawling to perform electrical tasks
  • working in confined spaces and trenches
  • working in both indoor and outdoor venues, through all seasonal challenges
  • pushing, pulling and carrying electrical construction materials and troubleshooting equipment.
  • climbing extension ladders, and working on scaffolding at heights

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good balance and coordination to walk on uneven ground for up to 8 hours per day.
  • good manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception
  • willing to work in team and individual environments 

Physical activities of trade:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 20 kilograms
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete and asphalt for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling to perform various tasks
  • working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good manual dexterity
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception

Physical activities involved the Plumbing and Piping trades:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 30 pounds
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling to perform piping tasks
  • learning and working in both indoor and outdoor venues, through all seasonal challenges
  • pushing, pulling and carrying pipe, tubing and construction materials
  • climbing extension ladders, and work on scaffolding at heights
  • work in open trenches and other confining environments 

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good balance and coordination to walk on uneven ground for up to 8 hours per day.
  • good manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception
  • able to work in confined spaces such as under kitchen sink

Physical activities involved with the Recreation Vehicle trade:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 10 kilograms
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from floor level to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete and asphalt for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling to perform various tasks

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials 
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good manual dexterity
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception

Physical activities involved with the Welding trade:

  • lifting and carrying tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 40-50 lbs.
  • lifting, carrying, holding and operating hand, air and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
  • standing on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods of time
  • bending, stooping, lifting and kneeling to perform physical task
  • learning and working in both indoor and outdoor venues, through all seasonal challenges
  • pushing, pulling and carrying pipe, plates, and structural steel and construction materials

Recommended student characteristics:

  • good general health and respiratory condition
  • capable of doing physical work
  • physical strength, flexibility, and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
  • ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • good balance and coordination to walk on uneven ground for up to 8 hours per day.
  • good manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception