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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 

FAQs for Trades students during COVID-19

We are here to help

Okanagan College's Trades and Apprenticeship team is working hard to ensure current and future students have the opportunity to learn and train in their chosen field during COVID-19, while protecting the safety of our students, instructors and learning community. We recognize scheduling and learning has been significantly impacted as a result of Provincial Health Office guidelines on physical distancing, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this new landscape together.

Spring and summer intake exams

No, the ITA has advised that all Standardized Level Exams (SLEs) will be cancelled for classes ending on or prior to June 30, 2020. Your final technical training mark will be submitted to the ITA. The waiver will remain in effect until a return to examination plan is announced.

Yes, you will still be required to write the exam. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Okanagan College has cancelled all face-to-face ITA exams scheduled to write between now and June 30, 2020. The waiver will remain in effect until a return to examination plan is announced.

Please see the list of options below that are available regarding rescheduling your ITA exam. Updates regarding rescheduling will be posted on www.itabc.ca/covid-19.

  • Contact the ITA at customerservice@itabc.ca to schedule an exam write at your local Service BC Centre. Please be sure to reference the exam and event number (if one) in your email.
  • Contact our office at 1-800-621-3038 or apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca and we can add you to a potential exam date. Please note that we will only add you to a potential future ITA exam date that is scheduled after June 30, 2020.

Any apprentice enrolled in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship class impacted by Covid-19 , ending after March 17 or with a start date between March 17 to June 30, 2020 will not be required to write a CofQ exam that is required to progress to the next level. The CofQ exams being waived include AST L1, AST L2, AST L3, PC L1 and PC l2. Any final certification exams (CofQ and IP) that are required to complete an apprenticeship will still be required.

Any final level certification exams (CofQ and IPs) that are required to complete out an apprenticeship will still be required.

Yes, apprentices will still be required to write the Interprovincial exam (IP).  For more information, please visit www.itabc.ca/covid-19

Intake exams and requirements

Yes, you will be required to write an exam and exams will be held on campus at Okanagan College. The College will adhere to social distancing requirements as set out by the ITA and the Public Health Officer.

We can provide conditional offers of admission and will move the deadlines for testing ahead up until the week prior to the program starting. Okanagan College will accept Duolingo as an option for the English tests and is available at: www.englishtext.duolingo.com.

Apprenticeship intakes originally set to start April 1 and June 30, 2020

Once the postponed intakes are rescheduled or seats identified in other available intakes, we will contact you regarding your available options. At this time, we ask that you please wait to reschedule until you are contacted regarding your available options.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Should you wish to withdraw from your postponed intake, we will refund any tuition paid without penalty.

Your tuition deposit deadline will be suspended. Once the new dates for your postponed intake are confirmed, you will contacted regarding a new tuition deposit deadline.

If you have already paid your tuition deposit for a June 2020 intake and have questions regarding your payment, please contact our office at 1-800-621-3038 or apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca

We will contact you directly regarding your new tuition deposit deadline.

Once you have been contacted regarding your available options, you will need to reapply to WorkBC and EI. We have advised Financial Aid and WorkBC of postponed intakes and they have advised:

“Students should complete the WorkBC apprentice application with the new dates provided. Also, have them complete the Service Canada EI application with the new dates. WorkBC will pay financial supports for the period of time that they are attending class, so a delay is start date will push the supports to the period.”

Please contact the Okanagan College Financial Aid and Awards office, financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca to receive assistance in your individual situation. For specific information regarding Canada Apprentice Loan please visit their website https://pca-cal.ca/en/Home

Foundation intakes originally set to start between April 1 and June 30, 2020

Once the postponed intakes are rescheduled or seats identified in other available intakes, we will contact you regarding your available options. At this time, we ask that you please wait to reschedule until you are contacted regarding your available options.

At this time, should you wish to withdraw from your postponed intake, we will refund any tuition paid without penalty. Please contact Registrar’s Office, registration@okanagan.bc.ca

Second deposits are due 3 months prior to the start of program and full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start.  These deadlines will move forward with any changes in start dates.

If your intake moves into the next term, we will have the Finance Department move all deposits and fees to that term.  If your intake is later than then next term, we will give you the option to get a refund cheque (less the deposit to hold your seat).

Your first deposit is needed to save your seat no matter how far ahead. But the second deposit and tuition due dates will move forward.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Intakes for summer 2020

Classes will be a combination of online and in person practical training. You will receive more information regarding the schedule of your class prior to the start of class.

A detailed schedule will be sent to you prior to class start that will indicate the days you are required to be on campus for the practical training.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Please note that the bookstores on campus are currently closed at this time. You are able to order the required textbooks online via https://okanagan.bookware3000.ca/home

Food service is limited to include Infusions lunch takeout from Tuesday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Orders can be made online. Pre-orders are welcome, as you can request a specific day (current or future) and specific pick-up time to pick up your meal from the Infusions patio. Please note, the patio is closed for dining for your safety. There will be no access to microwaves or water fountains.

The on-campus student housing is not accepting applications at this time.

Toolroom attendants will confirm with each student if they are purchasing a toolbox from Okanagan College. For those students who are purchasing a toolbox, the appropriate charges will be applied to your account. Payment can then be made over the phone with a credit card by calling the Apprenticeship office at 1-800-621-3038 or through online banking. Online banking is completed through your bank’s personal website. Okanagan College will need to be added as a Payee and your student number is the account number used.

If you require any equipment or have any questions about software, please refer to the OC Online Resource Centre

There will be limited access to the campus at this time. All trades students (except Electrical apprenticeship) should enter via the compound gate on West Campus Road and information will be posted at the gate. Electrical apprenticeship students should enter via the main entrance to the Trades Building and information will be posted at the door. You will also receive information on where to meet as part of your scheduling letter and instructors will provide further details via Moodle. Please ensure your email preference is up to date in your MyOkanagan account.

Are classes being delivered at full capacity?

No, most classes are running with 12 students rather than 16, with some classes  organized into larger groups for online or smaller groups for hands-on work in the labs and shops. The Trades building and area will have approximately 30-40% of the number of students on a given day, compared to a typical summer.

Students may withdraw from apprenticeship classes without penalty up to 2 weeks before their program starts and request a refund or tuition transfer to an available seat in a later intake.

Each trade program has prepared a plan for their specific health and safety requirements. Students will be divided into smaller groups while on campus, where required, and physical distancing and other safety measures will be in place and communicated to students, including enhanced cleaning of tools, equipment and common spaces. Okanagan College will follow direction and controls specified by the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health.

No daily or monthly parking passes are required for the Summer (June 15 - August 15) session. Please ensure that you park in the designated Student Parking on the Kelowna campus (Lots 5, 6, 11 and 17).

International students

International students should contact the International Education Office to discuss potential visa and other implications. Email:inted@okanagan.bc.ca   Phone: 1-250-862-5443; Phone Toll Free: 1-877-755-2266

An interruption of study of up to four weeks will have no impact on student eligibility for financial assistance or disbursement of funding if students recommence intakes at the end of interruption. If Okanagan College extends the study period in response to an interruption, students are encouraged to contact the Okanagan College Financial Aid and Awards office, financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca. Financial Aid and Awards staff can assist students wanting to request a reassessment from Student Aid BC to receive additional funding with the process.

General questions

If your program has not yet started, once the campus is reopened for in-person service, you can bring your pass to the Registrar’s office and be issued a new pass for revised dates of your program OR return the pass for full refund. Once the new dates of your intake are confirmed, the parking pass can be returned or exchanged.

In order to ensure the health of our staff and students, the Trades and Apprenticeship office is closed for in-person service until June 15. We can still be contacted between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm by phone at 1-800-621-3038 or email apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca.

No, our campuses are currently closed to the public and students, and in-person counter service is not available. As of June 15, we are open for physically distanced service, where required, for students with classes in session. Students are encouraged to use phone and email service and online payment, wherever possible.

Please email the documentation to apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca or fax to 250-862-5457.

For regular updates, please subscribe to the College's email distribution list on the COVID-19 page.

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Adam Relvas, who took Professional Cook Apprenticeship, level 2 and 3 at the College in 2006, grew up in the South Okanagan and gained a passion for food through many food-focused family events. After graduating, Relvas worked as a line cook for Waterfront Wines in Kelowna, Sous Chef at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Lake Country, Sous Chef at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna, and later Executive Chef at Monashee’s Bar and Grill and The Kal’s Sports Bar in Vernon. Now, the certi...

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March 24, 2020

See a need, fill a need. This is exactly what Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts department did earlier this week as culinary classes came to an unexpected halt in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tallying the vast amount of ingredients that would have been utilized in student labs and cafeteria plates, instructors gathered as much as they could and delivered it to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Initiated by Ross Derrick, interim Culinary Arts instructor and chef at Cod Fathers Market and Kelsey Oudendag, Culinary Arts inst...

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Foundation vs Apprenticeship

Foundation vs Apprenticeship

What's the difference?

Some people find they are unsure about whether they need to start with Trades foundation programs or apprenticeship training. Really, they are just different starting lines on the same path of training toward a new career.

What is a foundation program?

A foundation program allows you to learn the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade. It is typically taught in both a classroom and in-school shop setting. One of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain some experience and familiarity with the trade. This will make it easier for you to take the next step in your training, finding an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential – also known as a ticket. Once you complete your apprenticeship and receive your ticket, you are qualified to work in a skilled trade. You can be an apprentice during high school or after you graduate. Apprenticeship training helps you get a Certificate of Qualification, which is accepted across B.C. About 50 trades also offer an Interprovincial Red Seal, which certifies you to work across Canada.

How do I start with a foundation program?

  • Research the different trades and find  one that fits your interest
  • Find out the prerequisites for the trades program of your choice
  • Choose your intake date and campus, if there is more than option available
  • Follow Apply links to submit an application through the province's EducationPlannerBC system

How do I start an apprenticeship?

  • Visit the ITA BC website to read the program profile, which describes the work you will do and the requirements for your trade
  • Find an employer who will hire you and pay for your work while you learn on the job
  • Ensure your employer is registered with ITA BC as your sponsor that will report on your progress
  • Register with Okanagan College as an apprentice in the level you need

Who should take a foundation program?

  • High school students
  • People with little to no experience in the trade
  • Those changing careers or considering adding to their list of skills

Who is eligible for apprenticeship training?

  • Someone who has an employer and sponsor (they are often the same) in the desired field
  • Someone who has work experience hours in the trade, or a related trade
  • Someone who has completed their Level 1 training, through a foundation program or equivalent
  • Someone who is a registered apprentice with ITA BC

Still have questions?

The staff at OC's Trades and Apprenticeship office is here to help answer your questions. Touch base with us to find out more.

Visit

Come for a campus tour or become a student for a day. 

Ask

Have your questions answered by a Trades and Apprenticeship staff member.

Apply

Ready to apply for a foundation program? Submit your application through the EducationPlanner portal.

Register

After you have registered with the ITA, sign up to do your apprenticeship at Okanagan College.

Trades Dean's Office

Trades and Apprenticeship

Dean's Office Contacts

Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship

Steven Moores

Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship
Office: Trades Buildings 115E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4837

Associate Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship

Teresa Kisilevich

Associate Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship
Office: Trades Buildings 115H
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4393

I have been with OC since 1999 and the Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship since 2016. Prior to that, I was an instructor and Chair with the Office Administration Department. I hold a Bachelor's of Elementary Education, a Master's in Adult, Higher and Workplace Learning, and am currently enrolled in an Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. I enjoy the intricacies and challenges of my leadership role, as I work to make OC’s mission statement a reality for Trades students, instructors and staff.

Department Chairs

Contact the department chair for questions relating to industry or curriculum information.

Dale Martell

Chair - Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Department
Office: Kelowna Airport (OS) 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 5619

Danny Marques

Chair - Collision Repair Department
Office: Trades Buildings 109B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4671

Timothy Dorn

Chair - Carpentry Department
Office: Trades Buildings 116B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4278

Reinhard Foerderer

Chair - Culinary and Pastry Arts
Office: Cafeteria Building 126E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4549

I have been with Okanagan College for 11 years and am an assessor for the cook trade certification for the Industry Training Authority (ITA). I have taken on the Culinary and Pastry Arts Chair position in June 2019 and am currently full-time chair of the department. My culinary education and work experience spans over 34 years and includes a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Heidelberg Hospitality Management College in Germany, 10 years as Executive Chef at Manteo Resort in Kelowna, Executive Chef with Hy’s Canada at Bigwoods Restaurant and Bar in Whistler, Sous Chef at the Fish House in Stanley Park and working with Hilton International at the Park Hilton Hotel in Munich, Germany. My professional highlights include being an active member of the Okanagan Chefs Association, serving two terms as vice president, two terms as treasurer, and being voted Chef of the Year twice by the Okanagan Chefs Association members in 2008 and 2005, acting as Head Assessor for the trade of cook in Canada federal project, and membership of the Chaine des Rottiseurs Okanagan from 2003 – 2012. I consider food one of life’s greatest joys. My focus when teaching students is to teach them the best up-to-date skills and methods possible, so they will be successful in the industry after graduating from Okanagan College.

Credentials:
Red Seal Cook Certification, ITAC Vancouver
Hospitality Business Management Diploma, Hotelfachschule Heidelberg, Germany
German Red Seal Cook Certification, Hospitality School Bad Ueberkingen, Germany
Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College

Claudio DiBiase

Chair - Electrical Department
Office: Trades Buildings 135
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4884

Bradley Oliver

Chair - Mechanical Building Trades Department
Office: Trades Buildings 211
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4893

Corey Bransfield

Chair - Motor Vehicle Trades Department
Office: Trades Buildings 203
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4578

Sean Jarvis

Chair - Welding Trades Department
Office: Trades Buildings 124B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4909

Administration Staff

Sara Cousins

Manager, Trades Programs
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5457 ext. 4231

ITA Training Plan, Policies and Procedures, Student Advising, Information Management, OC Indigenization Task Force member

Kristen Diehl

Women in Trades Training Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4597
Trades - Kristen Diehl

Linda Dyck

Culinary Operations and Portfolio Specialist
Office: Cafeteria Building 106G
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4531

Robert Kjarsgaard

Trades Program Administrator, North Okanagan
Office: Main Building D338
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2808

Cari Jahns

Manager, Trades Finance/Culinary and Pastry Arts
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4606

Jacquie Lankester

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4733

Lead for: Automotive Glass Technician, Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician, Automotive Painter, Motor Vehicle Body Repairer, Plumber, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Brent Moffat

Trades Program Administrator, Shuswap
Office: Salmon Arm Trades Centre (OS) ST01
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8206

Kim Noakes

Trades Marketing and Recruitment Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4439
Trades - Kim Noakes

Debra Oakley

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4687

Lead for: Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Heavy Mechanical Trades, Recreation Vehicle Service Technician, Welder (Foundation)

Jessica Pak

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4347

Lead for: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Carpenter, Construction Craft Worker, Studio Woodworking, and Welder (Apprenticeship, B Level, A Level)

Elke Pritchard

Trades Success Centre
Office: Trades Buildings 118
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-720-5445 ext. 4677

The Trades Success Centre provides assistance for Trades students in all areas of their studies, including math, writing, learning strategies, study skills and other areas.

Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delaney Ross

Trades Client Services Specialist
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4880

Lead for: Baker, Culinary Arts, Electrician, Pastry Arts, Professional Cook, Trades Technology Teacher Education (TTTE)

Kelsey Ross

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4236

Erica Stewart

Trades Program Administrator, South Okanagan
Office: Centre of Excellence 218
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3309

Tanya Tarlit

Trades Program Administrator, Central Okanagan
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4424

Michelle Walker

Trades Support Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115G
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4346

Trades and Apprenticeship

The tools for your future are here

Okanagan College offers the newest equipment and technologies in state-of-the-art training facilities located in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Penticton. Students master skills taught by industry-leading instructors while gaining hands-on experience. Learn in small classes, in more than 20 different programs that have provincial, national and international recognition. Whether you are seeking Red Seal certification or one-time specialty industry training, education at OC sets you up for a successful career.
 

Studying trades during COVID-19

Program intakes have been impacted due to COVID-19. Please visit the FAQ page for details on how this impacts your training.

Foundation vs apprenticeship: what's the difference?

Foundation programs are entry-level training programs for people with little or no experience in the field. Apprenticeships are for people working in the trade for an employer who sponsors their education and training.

Explore the difference

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Explore our departments

Aerospace

Local, national, and global employment opportunities are soaring for certified Aircraft Maintenance professionals

Collision Repair

Focus on attention to detail and the importance of high-quality repairs while learning from Red Seal-certified instructors and the latest equipment.

Carpentry

Training in carpentry and joinery can help you develop skills to build a career you are proud of.

Culinary

Grow your culinary career in the heart of the Okanagan Valley with programs focusing on a farm-to-table approach, exploring fresh local products.

Electrical

Train to become an Electrician who inspects and tests highly sensitive electrical systems.

Motor Vehicle Trades

Drive the direction of your career with studies in Heavy Mechanical, Automotive Service and Recreation Vehicle Service programs.

Mechanical Building Trades

This department focuses on maintenance, testing and operation of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the distribution of steam, water systems including fire prevention sprinklers, natural gas or propane systems and building plumbing systems. 

Welding

Spark your skills by learning a variety of welding processes and using specialized equipment to create a solid bond between metal plate and/or pipe.

Women in Trades Training

Gain confidence to pursue career goals in trades through exploratory programs, sponsorship and additional support in a training centre with a reputation for excellence.

Explore Women in Trades Training

Three Women in Trades Training students review their pipefitting work together

Trades Continuing Studies courses

Expand your employment opportunities by advancing your skills with certifications.

Trades Kids Programs

Exploratory trades programs just for kids are starting this fall!

These exciting trades programs are designed to help kids learn new hands-on skills in our state-of-the-art Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus.

Programs are offered on Saturdays and Sundays starting in September.  

young boy using sheet metal hammer on tin tool box project while working on a bench

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The panel presentation at the Building Net Zero workshop
Pushing the green building envelope: builders and educators working together

February 19, 2020

Okanagan College, UBC, City of Kelowna co-host net zero life cycle workshop Workshops often involve questions and answers; this one focused on the real-world queries and solutions that may unlock a greener future for us all. Okanagan College, the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC Okanagan), the City of Kelowna and a host of industry partners convened in Kelowna at the Innovation Centre on Tuesday. Building Net Zero was a one-day workshop designed to bring together building and energy innovators to tackle an ambitious green agend...

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Greg Forbes
Swinging clubs to hammers: How a golf pro’s home renos inspired his program choice at Okanagan College

January 30, 2020

It’s easy to say that Greg Forbes went from looking for a hole in one, to drilling several holes in many. After growing up playing golf in Oakville, Forbes earned a golf scholarship to study at Coastal Carolina University, playing at storied courses at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. He completed his Bachelor of Business Science degree with a major in marketing, returning to Canada to tee off a career with retail giant Golf Town that ultimately brought him to Kelowna. “I had been opening stores across Ontario, and the opportunity came up to...

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Caleb Wykes
Gateway graduation showcases student transformation

January 29, 2020

This is the second time Caleb Wykes has graduated from Gateway to Trades, but it's hard to say which time has been more impactful. The first time Wykes took the 10-week program that introduces high school students to the skilled trades, he graduated with a desire to “straighten up.” In the past Wykes would skip school, but after Gateway he started showing up regularly and working hard. The seventeen year old completed his Grade 11 and 12 and graduated early. The second time through the program Wykes benefited from getting an opportunity to ...

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Student preparing food
OC Culinary Arts debuts Indigenous-inspired feature menu for Dine Around

January 8, 2020

Infusions Restaurant at Okanagan College will once again be a can’t miss stop for anyone looking to sip, savour and save as part of Dine Around Thompson Okanagan this month. OC Chefs-in-training and chef instructors have designed a menu that not only showcases Okanagan ingredients but also incorporates aspects of traditional Syilx-Okanagan culinary knowledge and practices. “This year we’ve added a selection of Indigenous fare, along with other daily features, to provide a culinary experience that is truly unique to the region,” explains Cu...

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Collision Repair Department

Collision repair programs focus on attention to detail and the importance of a quality repair. With the guidance of Okanagan College's Red Seal certified instructors, students gain practical experience with the latest equipment and increase confidence with an industry work placement included in the entry level training program.

Virtual learning

Check out how virtual paint simulation helps Collision Repair and Refinishing Prep Foundation students develop their skills before entering the spray booth.

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Come for a campus tour or become a student for a day. 

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Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter. 

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Take the next step and enrol in a program or course at OC.