C.S.S. can take a variety of construction and woodworking classes
beginning in grade ten. Classes are project driven with an emphasis on
hand skills, machine skills, imperial measurement, blueprint reading and
Students who are pursuing a career in the mechanical trades can take grade eleven (intermediate) and grade twelve (advanced) electrical, plumbing and sheet metal. Sheet metal is new to our department and a significant investment has gone into tools and machines used in the sheet metal industry.
twelve construction students designed and constructed this shed in two
weeks of class time. It features a cantileverred roof over the front
doors and class designed trusses. The shed was designed to be taken
apart and transported to its destination.
As part of their final evaluation, the Grade Eleven Woodworking class was given two weeks to complete this toy truck from a blueprint. Time management, machine knowledge, and a little creativity is a big part of project completion.
The skilled trades have remained one of the most reliable forms of employment in Ontario since the mid 1990's. Amongst the skilled trades, plumbing, electrical and sheet metal (HVAC) rank amongst the highest paid of all the trades. All three are regulated trades requiring workers to complete a Government approved apprenticeship, a specified amount of wage earning experience, and the successful completion of a competency exam (CFQ) in order to obtain the title of "journeymen".
Our focus at C.S.S. is to expose students to some of the standards, codes, and skills required to be successful in the above trades. Co-ops are available to give students a chance to experience a potential career choice before graduation. Students can enrol in the Specialists High Skills Major program. See SHSM for more information.
For more information on apprenticeships see:
Students in the woodworking classes receive first hand experience with the process of making lumber. Trees are gathered from several sources and brought to our school. We use our forklift to load logs onto the lumber mill safely. Then the lumber mill is operated by students who have been trained in the safe use of the machine.
Lumber is stacked and spaced with stickers to allow air to circulate and water to evaporate. The moisture content needs to be brought down to around 9% before we use it in the shop for projects. A moisture meter is used to gain an accurate reading.
Logs are generously donated by community partners. Students are learning to use the portable saw mill. One student pushes the saw through the log while others watch for any problems the operator might not see.
Boards are stacked and stickered. Stickers are the spacers between the board, which allow air to circulate and evaporate water trapped in the wood.
We use a moisture meter to measure the percentage amount of moisture in the wood. This board measures around twelve percent. Twelve percent of the weight of this board is water. We need to get it down to 9% before we can use it for projects.
Students use international standards to identify tree species and estimate the value of a standing tree.
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