Trades and Apprenticeship

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.

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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