Nova Scotia Community College

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Transportation Industry

Aircraft Mechanic

Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Structures

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If you're interested in airplanes and how aircraft are designed and built, enjoy taking components apart and putting them back together to make them better, are detail oriented, love a challenge and want to participate in a dynamic and fast-moving field, this program may be for you. The Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Structures program is designed to meet the growing demand for skilled aircraft maintenance structures engineers and technicians in Nova Scotia's aerospace industry, specifically in the field of aircraft structures. With the increasing use of composite materials in aircraft construction, there is high demand for individuals who have the knowledge and skills associated with these materials. The Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Structures program provides you with the opportunity to gain skills in aircraft metal and composite assembly and repair which are essential in the maintenance, repair, overhaul, inspection and testing of aircraft structural components and systems.

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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Avionics

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Learn how to repair and maintain electrical and electronic systems for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. This includes how to service, maintain, repair, overhaul, inspect and test all aircraft systems. Systems include electrical power distribution, communication, navigation, data, autopilot and various instrumentation systems. Part of this training involves how to safely use and maintain hand tools, as well as specialized and more sophisticated tools and equipment. You learn all this from experienced faculty while working in a hangar on a variety of aircraft, including small and medium-sized planes, helicopters, and components from larger aircraft. This program is located at NSCC's Aviation Institute (Dartmouth Gate) and is part of Ivany Campus.

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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Mechanical

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Learn how to repair and maintain airframes, engines and associated systems for airplanes and helicopters.

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Auto Body Technician

Auto Body and Collision Repair

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Autobody and Collision Repair Technicians enjoy the challenge of repairing and refinishing a wide variety of automobiles. Each new job calls on your problem-solving abilities, plus a little creativity and imagination. Equipped with a variety of technical and communication skills, you'll be able to work safely and efficiently in this ever-changing and innovative industry. In this program, you'll learn structure analysis, procedures for welding, repairing and aligning body panels, metalworking, painting and refinishing surfaces and more. At NSCC, our education and training practices are developed in accordance with industry standards.

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Auto Mechanic

Automotive Service and Repair

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This program prepares you to be an Automotive Service Technician who ensures vehicles are safe and operate properly. You get the knowledge and skills related to the service and repair of the mechanical and electrical systems of automobiles and light trucks. You learn how to use electrical meters, hand tools, power tools and shop equipment. You also have the opportunity to apply your skills during a work term. If you have a strong mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills and strong oral and written communication skills, this program provides the training you need to succeed as a technician. You gain a working knowledge of automotive shop safety, vehicle and engine systems and basic oxygen/acetylene metal inert gas welding, along with an understanding of automotive maintenance, inspection and body adjustment.

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Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Repair – Industrial and Marine

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In this program, you learn to maintain and repair industrial and marine diesel engines and their components. This is important work that contributes to the overall success of a company and can have a significant impact on the workplace. You learn to overhaul diesel engines as well as acquire knowledge of systems (such as cooling, lubrication and electrical). You also learn how to use tools and equipment; fabricate items to specific tolerances; read and interpret schematics, drawings and manuals; and apply mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles to various systems.

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Truck and Transport Repair

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This program provides you with a working knowledge of fundamental shop skills, tires and rims, braking systems, hydraulics, welding, powertrains, engines and engine systems, and electrical and electronic systems used in on-highway truck and transport vehicles.

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Communications Industry

AV Technician

Applied Media and Communication Arts

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Media Arts have a powerful impact on our daily lives, influencing our understanding of culture and society. This one-year exploratory program prepares you for further study in creative and media arts by helping you identify your interests, passions and strengths. Explore the foundations of various creative industries, including photography, graphic design, digital animation, printing, video, interactive design and audio production. With a hands-on approach, you work collaboratively on projects that develop your creative and artistic process. You learn industry-standard software skills and gain awareness of the technology and processes used in various creative mediums. In addition, you strengthen your visual, oral and written communication abilities, develop critical thinking skills and learn with other creative-minded students in a supportive learning environment. Along the way, you'll discover what motivates and inspires you, and leave with a diverse portfolio of your work.

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Graphic Designer

Digital Animation

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Digital animation is used in a wide range of industries, including film, television, video games, advertising and web design. In this 2-year diploma program, you will explore the creative process of character design, storytelling and animation techni

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Digital Animation - 2D Concentration (year 2)

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The 2D Animation concentration is an option of the Digital Animation diploma program. You start this concentration in the second term of your first year. This concentration develops advanced skills in life drawing, structural drawing, anatomy and perspective, which you apply to your animation artwork. You learn how to animate a digitally hand-drawn character using the twelve principles of animation so that the character moves in a convincing manner and expresses emotion. You also have the opportunity to create special effects and experimental animation. As you combine all these skills and develop an understanding of the production pipeline, you graduate with a top-quality animation portfolio.

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Digital Animation - 3D Concentration (year 2)

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The 3D Animation concentration is an option of the Digital Animation diploma program. You start this concentration in the second term of your first year. This concentration develops advanced 3D modelling and animation skills. The primary focus is 3D animation and storytelling through acting, posing and scene setup. Throughout this process you learn to transform a 2D character concept to a finished 3D model and rig it ready for animation. This includes setting up environments with lighting, texturing and compositing, all to enhance the storyline. You can expect to experience different 3D workflow processes needed for storytelling while still developing your traditional artistic skills. Finally, you learn how to combine these skills to produce a short 3D piece to add to your online portfolio. You learn how to transform a character concept to a finished 3D model ready for rigging (creation of a digital skeleton with joints and bones required for animation). You use image-based modelling to develop a 3D sculpture and demonstrate the different stages of workflow while you create and complete a realistically-rendered 3D model. You also focus on intermediate texturing and lighting techniques for 3D environments and various levels of animation. In addition, you learn how to combine these skills to create and produce a short 3D animated film, and leave with a polished portfolio of your work.

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Game and Interactive Art

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Game artists create the visual elements of video games, including character design, environments, props and special effects. They work closely with other members of the game development team to develop the overall look and feel of a game. In this program, you learn design and technical fundamentals while using industry standard tools and processes for a variety of collaborative projects. You gain a comprehensive understanding of the video game pipeline process and create various visual and artistic assets while working with students from the Game Programming program on the development of a video game in a studio setting.

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Graphic and Print Production

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The graphic and print production sector is a vibrant and ever-evolving field that brings together creativity, technology, and hands-on skills. All printed products, whether paper, vinyl, textile or other material, go through a number of production steps. From the logistics of the job to its shipment to the client, the expertise and ability of the graphic and print production specialist is critical to the success of a project. In this program, you learn current software applications used in signage, design, publishing and the printing industries. You develop a comprehensive knowledge of the interaction of printing devices as they relate to pre-press, paper, toner, ink, vinyl signage and finishing technologies. The skills you gain enable you to troubleshoot problems and ensure finished products meet industry standards.

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Graphic Design

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Graphic designers create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate audiences. Logos, posters, package designs, websites, billboards, brochures, advertisements and publications are all examples of the types of communication needs that graphic designers fulfill. In this program, you learn the essential skills required to be a successful graphic designer by covering subjects such as design process and management, typography, digital imaging, editorial design and branding. You develop original concepts and learn to select the most appropriate communication medium and style for your intended audience. You work collaboratively on hands-on projects in a studio environment and leave with a professional portfolio of your design work.

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Construction Industry

Architectural Drafter

Architectural Engineering Technician

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Build your portfolio to succeed in three major areas of the construction industry: building design, construction and sustainability. You experience all design aspects of commercial and residential buildings, including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical. You explore and consider the impact of building design and construction on the environment, while learning to prepare architectural and engineering design drawings, cost estimates, material specifications and technical reports. You also acquire important computer skills, such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM).

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CAD Technician - Mechanical

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A computer-aided-design (CAD) technician supports engineering to create definition of ideas, parts, and assemblies in the form of 3D models and engineering drawings that specify size, shape, materials and other specifications. These models and drawings are then used to support analysis, manufacturing, assembly, tooling, quality and inspection within cost, quality and schedule. In this program, you're introduced to mechanical design disciplines and become familiar with the many opportunities that are available in other graphic related fields. Problem-solving abilities, design and drafting skills are honed through practical assignments, where you think through the process of 3D model and drawing development. Production of drawings using CAD is a significant component. 3D solid modelling and parametric concepts are introduced and utilized. Other computer applications are used to produce documents related to the manufacturing, marketing and use of the products. Technical mathematics and communications specific to these fields are integrated. You develop planning, research and analytical abilities through your design project work. You also participate in a work placement that provides invaluable on-the-job training.

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Drafting – Architectural

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In this program, you develop skills to prepare technical drawings for both residential and commercial buildings using the latest industry software. In year one, you're introduced to drafting concepts through the study and application of sketching and drafting. You explore wood frame construction principles, as applied to residential projects and develop your CAD skills using AutoCAD and SketchUp. In year two, you'll hone your skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM) utilizing Revit to develop a preliminary commerical drawing set. Throughout the program, you expand your knowledge of construction principles, environmental considerations in sustainable building design and construction, and the use of the National Building Code.

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Carpenter

Brick and Stone Masonry

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Bricklayers and restorative stone masons are in demand. If you're detail-oriented, creative and enjoy hands-on work, this program is for you. Learn how to safely prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks and stone to construct and repair both decorative and load-bearing structures, such as walls, partitions, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, patios and pavements. You also learn other essential skills, like how to read construction documents, understand building codes, plan projects and work as a part of a team.

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Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Techniques

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Modern cabinetmaking combines the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of years of traditional woodworking, with the use of standard, yet modern, tools and technology. In this program, you learn entry-level skills, shop safety and fine joinery of the trade: from identifying and selecting wood stock to reading drawings and operating woodworking machines. You receive instruction and hands-on practise in the basic arts of cabinetry, including shaping and cutting wood, assembling components, installing fasteners and hardware and preparing decorative and protective finishes.

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Carpentry Certificate

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In this program, you develop skills and knowledge in many aspects of the carpentry trade, including how to construct and install wood products that meet national and local building codes. You gain an understanding of construction safety and industry practices. You also complete work terms, where you apply your skills and knowledge in a real work setting.

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Carpentry Diploma

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This program is perfect for those who want to learn more than the basics of carpentry. Energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, business skills and entrepreneurship are integral components of this program, which is designed to meet the needs of employers looking for carpenters with a solid base across a wide range of applications. You learn everything from construction safety and the use of shop equipment to building science, floor and wall framing, exterior finishing and much more. You're also required to complete two work terms, where you apply your skills and knowledge in a real work setting.

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Construction Management Technology

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Many of today's senior construction leaders are graduates of this highly respected program. It's a good fit for a self-motivated and organized person who would enjoy working as an administrator or supervisor in the construction industry. You gain an understanding of the basic principles and practices used to manage construction projects, from contract administration, to estimating costs and coordinating worksites. You also get real experience working in an actual construction setting.

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Housing Construction Fundamentals

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This 8-week program provides you with the introductory skills and knowledge needed to secure entry-level employment as a worker in housing construction. In hands-on, practical courses, you learn to safely use a variety of tools and equipment found in residential construction environments. A strong focus on safety and understanding site operations ensures you're ready to contribute upon hire in the construction sector.

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HVAC Technician

Building Systems Technician (HVAC&R)

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Heating and cooling systems are vital to the comfort and operation of homes and buildings. They also maintain the quality of critical-temperature products, such as food and medical supplies. This program reflects the technological changes that are af

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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

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The refrigeration and air conditioning field requires a variety of skills in mechanical systems, electrical/electronic systems and systems troubleshooting. In this program, you learn to repair and maintain commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. You also learn to install refrigerant vapour lines, liquid lines and other kinds of piping. Basic skills in oxy-fuel brazing are covered, as well as the design, installation and investigation of electrical circuits and controls.

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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning - Geothermal

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As a clean energy source with immense potential for development, geothermal energy represents a strong area of growth. There's high demand for skilled professionals who have knowledge and experience related to geothermal use and best practices.Working in this field requires a variety of skills in mechanical refrigeration systems, electrical controls, basic soldering and brazing. You learn to repair and maintain residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. You also learn to install copper refrigerant lines and other kinds of piping. Basic skills in oxy-acetylene brazing and welding are covered as well as the installation of electrical circuits and controls. Learning in a geothermal environment, you build on your refrigeration and air conditioning training with hands-on experience. You learn how to install three types of geothermal systems: vertical ground source, horizontal closed loop, and vertical closed loop. This program is the first step to becoming a Red Seal refrigeration mechanic and a trained geothermal installer.

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Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technology

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Civil engineering technologists play an important role in the development and maintenance of our communities. Civil engineering involves the planning, designing, construction and maintenance of structures and altering geography to suit human needs in a way that is feasible and environmentally sustainable. Civil engineering technologists work on various aspects of buildings, municipal infrastructure, highways, and earth works. In this hands-on program you learn to apply engineering principles to analyze and solve complex technical problems. Skills include testing, analysis and design of materials and structural elements, designing municipal infrastructure, conducting land surveying, completing cost estimates and schedules, preparing 2D and 3D design drawings, as well as writing technical reports. You also gain knowledge in interpreting and applying the National Building Code as well as other standards and regulations pertinent to the practice of civil engineering. This program prepares you to work with engineers, designers and construction project managers as an integral part of the engineering team. The long term path of many civil engineering technologists progresses into rewarding and challenging careers in leadership and management.

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Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Duty Equipment / Truck and Transport Repair

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This program provides you with entry-level skills and a working knowledge of fundamental shop skills. You learn about welding, electrical, hydraulics, braking systems, and wheels and tires used on heavy duty equipment and truck and transport vehicles. Workplace safety is an important aspect of your training. You learn how to maintain a safe shop environment and gain skills around how to safely handle hazardous products.

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Heavy Duty Equipment Repair

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Gain a working knowledge of fundamental shop skills, tires and rims, track and under-carriage systems, braking systems, hydraulics, welding, powertrains, engines and engine systems, and electrical and electronic systems used in off-highway heavy duty equipment vehicles and stationary equipment. You graduate with the skills to work on equipment such as graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, agricultural equipment, bulldozers, earth movers, mining trucks, cranes, forklifts, drills, and wheeled off-highway and tracked vehicles used in construction, mining, forestry and other industries.

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Construction Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator

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This is an entry-level program for individuals who want to learn how to safely operate heavy equipment in a variety of industrial settings. You first get instruction on the general operating principals of diesel engines, electrical systems, drive systems and hydraulics, and safe work practices, as well as theory behind equipment operation, preventative maintenance and site management. You will also spend time on virtual simulators learning foundational skills for operation of heavy equipment. Finally, you will spend several weeks practicing operating techniques at a mock construction site. Here you will practice the professionalism, responsibility and dedication required for work as an operator. You will spend time in and around excavators, backhoes, front-end loaders and bull dozers, and get exposed to actual site scenarios and construction plans in various stages of completion. The program concludes with a work term, where you complete your training in an industry workplace.

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Metal Fabricator

Metal Fabrication

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Metal fabricators turn blueprints into bridges, ships, boilers and girders. Working with welders, they turn raw steel into components for the manufacturing and transportation industries, as well as major infrastructure projects. This program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to enter the metal fabrication and plating industry. You learn to repair metal parts and structures, fabricate components and apply safe work practices using various welding and cutting equipment and fabrication techniques. You also get experience with layout practices, blueprint reading and planning and preparing jobs.

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Sheet Metal Systems

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The sheet metal trade requires an understanding of complex procedures in designing, building and connecting air handling systems and environmental controls. Explore key skills through courses in fabrication and installation techniques, air systems and their related components for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

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Pipefitter / Steamfitter

Pipe Trades

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This program gives you a distinct advantage over the training offered in other pipe trades programs. In just two years, you learn the fundamental skills of three trade disciplines: steamfitting/pipefitting, plumbing and sprinkler system installation. This exposure provides a high level of employability and gives you a head start to begin working in any of these trades. You develop the skills and knowledge to lay out, assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing and heating systems, cooling systems, process pipe systems and industrial pipe systems. You learn to install and connect piping in buildings or structures, including the tubing for pneumatic or air handling systems. In this program, you also learn to interpret design drawings and develop skills in basic welding.

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Plumber

Plumbing

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Trained plumbers are always in demand. Every home and building relies on a plumber to pipe fresh water in and wastewater out. This is a good career for a hardworking person who likes to solve problems. You receive training in the installation and repair of water distribution and sanitary drainage systems, as well as hot water heating systems. All tasks are taught according to plumbing code and recognized trade standards.

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Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Survey Technician

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This program introduces you to the science of measuring spatial data including height, distance, angles and coordinates, then using that data to define and map our physical world. In this program you: Spend up to 50% of your classes in the field working in teams, Learn through hands-on labs and projects to use instruments such as levels, total stations and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS) as well as practical measuring techniques, Record measurements in field notes and data collectors, Learn to process, analyze and present data by using surveying software, computer-aided drafting (CAD) programs, geographic information systems (GIS) platforms and web-based (GPS) applications. This program is offered at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment, and prepares you for a career in the global geomatics sector.

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Welder

Welding

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In this program, you learn how to permanently join pieces of metal by applying heat, using filler material or fusion process. You join parts that are being manufactured, form part of a structure or are damaged or worn. You also learn various welding and cutting processes to join structural steel and cut metal in vessels, piping and other components. Welders are good problem-solvers who have mechanical and mathematical aptitude and good planning skills. In this program, you read and interpret blueprints and welding process specifications, gain knowledge of metallurgy and codes, and learn about the effectiveness of using different equipment for different welding processes. Welding and Metal Fabrication are both two-year programs that share the same courses in the first year. Both programs offer strong apprenticeship tracks and graduates from both programs often end up working side-by-side.

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Hospitality Industry

Chef and Head Cook

Baking and Pastry Arts

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This program gives you great skills in both baking and pastry (including cakes, tortes, cookies, frozen and cream-based desserts) and provides the basis for a career as a professional baker or pastry chef. Challenging your inner artist, you learn how to create classic European pastries, design chocolate and sugar showpieces and plate desserts for all types of dining. You also: Study in a real bakery environment, where the production and speed levels are consistent with industry standards. Gain job-ready skills in a hands-on environment that is connected to industry. Experience hands-on learning and real-world business environments through our on-campus baking and pastry labs, simulations, project-based learning, applied learning, service learning, collaborative learning and mentorship activities. Learn the latest practices and technologies that employers and business owners in Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world are looking for in their future employees and partners. When you graduate from this program, you're well-prepared with workplace ready skills to provide a broad range of services to businesses of many sizes.

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Culinary Skills

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Develop the skills you need to launch a career in the food service industry. This 1-year Culinary Skills Certificate prepares you to begin working in a commercial kitchen and gives you a pathway to becoming a professional cook. Grow your passion for food and appreciation for both classic and emerging culinary trends and nutrition. You learn job-ready skills in a hands-on learning environment connected to industry that include: Basic cooking principles Food preparation Food culture and tradition International cooking techniques Farm-to-table food sourcing Culinary history Recipe management

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Ship's Cook

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Ship's cooks are in demand, so there's no better time to get the specialized training you need to be a cook in the marine industry.
Add to your skillset by taking this Transport Canada-approved certification that prepares you for a culinary career at sea. You learn: Galley management, Marine first aid and safety, Emergency duties on a ship. This program is designed for graduates of NSCC's Culinary Skills or Culinary Management.

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Food Service Manager

Business - Hospitality

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This 2-year program prepares you for a career in the tourism industry with a focus on accommodations and food service sectors. Pursue your passion for dining and travel while meeting new people and gaining job-ready skills in a hands-on learning envi

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Food Service and Nutrition Management

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Are you working in the culinary industry and wanting to expand your skills and knowledge? This program is designed to make in convenient for you to continue working while you complete your studies.There is a growing need for skilled workers with culinary, nutrition and operational business training to meet the needs of large-volume food service operations. This program focuses on the following areas to prepare you for success in institutional food services: Healthcare, Clinical nutrition, Large-batch cooking trends, Business, like budgeting, Supervisory skills, Operational management skills, like strategic planning and workflow improvements. You graduate with the skills and knowledge to manage large food service operations

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Kitchen Manager

Culinary Management

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This program is for the person who wants to develop the skills needed to launch a career in the food service industry. This 2-year program prepares you to begin a career in a commercial kitchen and is a foundational pathway to becoming a professional cook. Grow your passion for food and appreciation for both classic and emerging culinary trends and nutrition. In the first year, you learn all the fundamentals, including cooking and presentation techniques. The second year gives you the advanced culinary and management skills required of a professional cook and kitchen manager. These include inventory and food costs, purchasing and planning menus. Today's television shows have made stars of chefs and have encouraged many people to enter this fast-paced and exciting field. What you don't see is the hard work and long hours that go into a professional kitchen. This program is based on the real thing. Be prepared to work hard, spend lots of time in the kitchen, and have a lot of fun while learning job-ready skills in a hands-on learning environment connected to industry.

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Tourism Hospitality

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This exploratory 1-year program prepares you for a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Enhance your interests and passion for travel and service by gaining hands-on experience, job-ready skills and knowledge in: Accommodations, Adventure tourism, Regional and international tourism, Customer service, Food and beverage operations, Travel and tourism trends, Tourism services

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Business Industry

Office Manager

Business Administration

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Prepare for an exciting career in the world of business. This program will provide you with workplace ready business skills in a hands-on learning environment that is connected to industry. You will learn the latest business practices and technologies that employers and business owners in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world are looking for as you develop your professionalism and an awareness of the global economy and corporate social responsibility. This program prepares you with the fundamentals of business in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations, management and leadership.

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Business Administration (year 2)

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In the second year of the Business Administration program, you build on what you’ve learned in the first year and further develop your skills and knowledge in a broad range of business disciplines including business and operations management, human resources, marketing, accounting, finance and entrepreneurship. In this concentration, you continue to develop your skills in hands-on learning and real-world business environments through project-based learning, applied learning and mentorship activities. You also develop an awareness of the global economy, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices – as well as the skills and professionalism required to work in a business world that focuses on people, organizations, strategy and leadership. You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers and business owners in Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world are looking for in their future employees and partners.

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Business Fundamentals

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Learn the fundamental skills to start a career in business. This 1-year certificate program will provide you with workplace-ready business skills in a hands-on learning environment that is connected to industry. This program provides you with the skills and knowledge to: Understand the roles and responsibilities of business in Canada. Strategically market products and services to targeted customers. Create spreadsheets for analysis, payroll and bookkeeping. Edit and format documents using the most current tools and technologies. Communicate clearly and effectively in the workplace. Resolve organizational conflicts.

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Human Resource Management

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As a human resource (HR) professional, your job is to help an organization succeed by helping its greatest asset, its people, succeed. This requires that you represent both management and employees fairly, equally and respectfully. This graduate certificate takes you through the major functional competencies required for HR professionals, supported by business fundamentals, and prepares you for an HR role by giving you a strong generalist portfolio of skills. You learn about hiring, performance management, wage structures, collective agreements and emotionally difficult decisions, such as downsizing.

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Bookkeeper

Business Administration - Accounting Concentration (year 2)

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The Accounting concentration builds on the accounting skills and business knowledge developed in your first year. Whether your goal is to work within an existing organization or start your own company, this concentration gives you the confidence to start your career. In this concentration, you:Learn computerized accounting. Analyze numbers in a way that will enable you to make strategic business recommendations. Expand your knowledge around corporate accounting, manufacturing accounting, partnership accounting and the tax implications for different types of businesses. Develop your foundational learning around business processes through the capstone project.

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Business Administration - Financial Services Concentration (year 2)

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Prepare for an exciting career in financial services. The Financial Services second year option will provide you with workplace-ready business skills in a hands-on learning environment that is connected to industry. You will learn the latest business practices and technologies that employers and business owners in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world are looking for as you develop your professionalism and an awareness of the global economy, cooperate social responsibility, and green business practices. In this option, you're introduced to a broad range of financial services areas.

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Finance

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Obtain Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) courses and get ready to work in Nova Scotia's growing financial services industry. With a focus on alternative investments, risk and compliance, asset and wealth management, insurance, along with commercial banking, this program sets you up for success. Learn the financial tools used by professionals and gain a real-world perspective on the organization, structure and operation of the various financial sectors.

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Beautician

Cosmetology

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If you're artistic, use fashion as a creative outlet and have good manual dexterity, cosmetology may guide you to an exciting and fulfilling career where you can improve the quality of life for others. Learn about: Cutting, designing and styling hair Colouring and lightening hair using a variety of techniques Chemical curling and straightening hair Using effective communication to perform client consultations Business building through social media Salon operations and management

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Information Technology Industry

Business Analysis

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The future of work is changing rapidly, and business analysts are increasingly important in supporting organizations to deploy or enhance business solutions. Aligned with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), you will acquire a unique skillset and knowledge required to successfully enable changes that create value for stakeholders.

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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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With the increased use of smart devices, sensors, intelligent systems and other tools, the volume of data is increasing exponentially, making it more challenging to manage and use in meaningful ways. This graduate certificate program teaches you to: Manage, research, gather and filter large volumes of data to make more precise, reliable business decisions. Work with platforms and applications to create and present visual representations of descriptive and predictive analytics. Work with business analysts or on your own to interpret, analyze and optimize data for timely, accurate and efficient business decisions. Use data analysis to seize business opportunities and motivate your team to improve performance.

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Cyber Security

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Building on your existing computer and programming skills, this program will prepare you for a career in the growing field of cyber security. You learn how to provide the information and tools necessary to identify and secure potential vulnerabilities. And you explore a variety of information and system security areas and methods, including: Ethical hacking techniques Risk analysis Cryptography Vulnerability testing Auditing Security management

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IT Data Analytics

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With the increased use of smart devices, sensors, intelligent systems and other tools, the volume of data has become harder to manage. The IT Data Analytics program gives you the opportunity to get the skills and knowledge needed to understand and manage vast volumes of data. You learn to make sense of information so that timely, accurate and efficient business decisions can be made. Graduates with data analytics skills are in high demand and can look forward to exciting and fulfilling careers in many fields.

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IT Database Administration

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Information is the main commodity of all organizations. IT database experts identify, organize, analyze and store this important asset, focusing on the three main data priorities: big data, cloud deployment and data security. Throughout the program, you gain a broad understanding of the IT field. You develop in-depth skills around database management, including how to write data governance policies that direct the configuration of data management systems and ensure quality, availability, recoverability, scalability and security. You learn to work with current industry tools to analyze, manipulate and administer database structures and infrastructures. Your knowledge is developed and demonstrated through applied learning and best practices. An emphasis is placed on understanding business needs and translating them into technical ideas and solutions.

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Software Developer

Full Stack Application Development

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This graduate certificate program bridges the gap between the worlds of IT and all other disciplines that require IT. Systems integration and expanded capabilities of computers, smart phones and embedded systems are constantly evolving to meet the needs of almost every industry. You become proficient with both the back- and front-end of software development. You graduate with knowledge and skills in front-end, server-side, and database technologies and frameworks. You also gain an understanding with the front-facing parts of a website that operate according to the principles of user design and user experience (UX). This includes architecture that monitors responsiveness of application, design features and usability. It's a great pathway for non-IT program graduates to develop baseline skills in application development, using their knowledge of what kind of app is needed in the world of their initial discipline.

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Game Programming

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Game programmers develop and implement the software code that makes video games function. They work closely with game designers, artists and other members of the game development team to create the game's core mechanics, gameplay features and user interface. Students in this 2-year diploma program learn in a collaborative studio environment and develop complete video game projects with students from the Game and Interactive Art program. Using game development best practices, you learn to apply technical and problem-solving skills, critical thinking and logic to develop games using C# programming and the Unity game engine. With hands-on training, you learn the key fundamentals of game development, including object-oriented programming, algorithms, game systems/managers, software architecture and programming patterns. Throughout the program, you'll develop your conceptual and collaborative skills while working on a variety of projects. You'll follow the full game development cycle from inception to completion while learning the tools and processes used by industry professionals to create cutting-edge games. Along the way, you will produce polished work that meets the demands of industry clients and mentors, leaving with a professional portfolio that showcases your skills and creativity.

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IT Programming

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If you are interested in understanding how computers work, have an interest in application development and programming, and a drive to create things that others will use, IT Programming is for you. In this program, you learn to create software solutions, write effective code and follow best practice coding and design standards. Throughout your studies, you work as part of a multi-disciplinary team as well as independently. You'll also learn to liaise with clients who have non-technical backgrounds.

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IT Programming for Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Learn the most important tools used in one of the most exciting fields of programming today. The growing field of AI helps increase organizational efficiency and productivity, and is being adopted by every major sector, including health, manufacturing, transportation and more.

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IT Programming for Internet of Things (IoT)

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Note: This program was previously called IT Embedded Systems Programming. The internet of things (IoT) is the network of devices that connect, interact and exchange data. Phones, wearable technologies, home security systems, vehicles and a growing number of other products can be monitored and controlled through the internet. Embedded systems programming is what enables this device-to-device communication to happen. With more and more smart technologies hitting the market every day, the area of IT embedded systems programming is exploding

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IT Web Programming

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Transform yourself from a web user to a web programmer. This program teaches you how to program by exploring and building web applications much like the ones you use every day. You learn: How to be a skilled computer programmer, How to develop complex data-driven web applications using a wide variety of different technologies and languages, How to adapt to an evolving ecosystem of web technologies, How to deploy and administer your own web applications in the cloud, How to apply the basics of user interaction and visual design. You develop and apply these skills through individual and team-based projects that simulate the work you'd experience in industry

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IT Support Specialist

IT Generalist

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The IT Generalist program provides you with the broad skill set needed to work in the information technology (IT) industry. You learn fundamental IT skills in a range of areas, including network systems, security, web development, programming and more. Through both core and elective courses designed to represent the IT needs of your region, the program allows you to focus on specific areas of study, depending on specific industry needs. Graduates leave this program ready to take on a variety of entry-level positions within the IT sector.

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Network and Computer Systems Administrator

IT Systems Management and Security

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If you're interested in IT infrastructure and supporting users in gaining secure, reliable access to computers, servers, networks and cloud platforms, the IT Systems Management and Security program is for you. In this program, you explore, design, implement and manage core technologies that support information communication technology (ICT). These technologies include Windows and Linux network operating systems; local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) resources; on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure; IT service delivery and IT security best practices to support reliable business operations.

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Public Service Industry

Social Services Assistant

Child and Youth Care

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As a Child and Youth Care Practitioner, you help design recreational, therapeutic and social programs for children and youth impacted by developmental trauma. Often, as part of a team, you develop and deliver programs and interventions that lead to positive change in young people (age 6 to 25 years old) who emotionally and physically act out. You provide in-the-moment life experience to discover and develop strengths. Child and Youth Care Practitioners engage with children, youth and their families, often in 24/7 environments, assisting them in developing capacities to build their resilience and relationship skills.

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Social Services

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This program gives you the entry-level skills required to work in most social service agencies. Through your study, you gain a good understanding of yourself and your values, the social services system, the populations served by social services organizations and the skills and strategies needed to help people in your community.

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Police Officer

Criminal Justice

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Prepare for a rewarding career in the criminal justice field. You learn: To assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people who've come into contact with the justice system To build effective working relationships with the diverse range of people you encounter in the criminal justice field, About sheriff services, youth justice, corrections, policing and various community justice organizations. This program is well-suited for mature self-starters who value teamwork, problem-solving and helping others. Throughout the program, you practise active listening, communication (oral and written), as well as critical thinking and observation skills.

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Law and Security

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Gain the knowledge and skills needed to protect yourself and others. You learn: Policing and security practices, Interviewing, critical thinking and investigative techniques, Effective communication, Handling challenging behaviours and crisis situations

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Preschool Teacher

Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood educators plan inclusive programs that help nurture the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of children and their families.This project-based program was developed to meet the provincial standards for early childhood education training in Nova Scotia. It blends classroom study with applied learning with infants, toddlers, young children and school-aged children. Program highlights include: music and movement, land-based learning, wellness, developmental and cultural learning experiences, nutrition and creativity

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Early Childhood Education - Africentric Offering

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African Nova Scotian early childhood educators (ECEs) play an important role in shaping anti-racist practices in early learning childcare programs by providing education, lived experience, understanding, family support and physical representation of the children and families enrolled in childcare programs across the province. Representation of African Nova Scotian early childhood educators in early learning programs is significant to the proper growth and development of the African Nova Scotian child. Children need to see diversity in their environment, not just hear about it. With Nova Scotia's pre-primary program now operating across the province, ECEs who are African Nova Scotian are needed now more than ever. Early childhood educators plan inclusive programs that help nurture the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of children and their families.

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Environmental Field Technician

Ecological Forest Management Technology

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Ecological forest management protects ecosystems and biodiversity, supports economic growth, and keeps forests healthy and sustainable. You gain specialized knowledge of Wabanaki-Acadian forest ecology, biodiversity and appropriate forest treatments for ecological forestry practices. Good forest stewardship includes wildlife monitoring, watershed health testing, communicating with landowners and partners, participating in public discourse and assessing the climate and biodiversity implications of specific forest treatments. You explore new technologies and apply learning across three land use zones: conservation, selective harvest and high production forests. You develop skills to build a more inclusive understanding of forest values, including an understanding of the Mi'kmaq concepts of Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) and Netukulimk, which includes taking what we need to sustain ourselves today while also being mindful of future generations.

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Environmental Engineering Technology – Water Resources

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Fresh water sources throughout Canada and the world are being impacted by population and technological growth, contamination and mismanagement and global climate change. Building on a solid foundation of math, geology and chemistry, the Environmental Engineering Technology - Water Resources program provides the necessary skills in problem solving, research, laboratory and field experience to prepare you to address various environmental issues and protection of natural resources. In this program you learn: Groundwater exploration and evaluation, Surface water and groundwater hydrology, Biology in the aquatic environment, Principles of water chemistry, Practices related to the protection of soil, groundwater and surface water, Principles of potable water treatment and wastewater treatment, Soil analysis procedures and groundwater remediation principles, Well drilling and construction fundamentals, Technical applied research project design fundamentals, Principles of environmental site assessment. The importance of representative sampling, data collection and interpretation are emphasized throughout the program.

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Forest Geomatics and Biometrics Technology

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Ecological forest management ensures resources are harvested in a way that supports both the economy and protects the biodiversity of the forest. This program equips you with the specialized geomatics skills needed to achieve this balance. You develop skills to inventory forest values, plan harvests and forecast ecosystem response through the practical, real-world application of current technologies. These skills are critical in supporting the shift to a selection-based harvest model that supports forest ecology, biodiversity and sustainable forest development.

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Natural Resources Environmental Technology

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Sustaining our natural resources, so they can be used and enjoyed by present and future generations, is critical to the health of our environment. This program combines practical and theoretical skills to prepare you to work in the environmental and

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Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Paralegal Services

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Paralegals work very closely with lawyers. They conduct research, compile documentation and help manage lawyers' work. In this program, you acquire a solid foundation in legal theory, processes and procedures and develop and hone the skills and knowledge legal practitioners look for in one of these indispensable professionals. If you enjoy learning about law, doing research, understand the necessity of precise language, have above-average reading and writing skills, and are detail-oriented, you will succeed in this program and graduate ready to take on a position as a paralegal, legal services technician, legal assistant or law clerk.

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Manufacturing Industry

Machinist

CNC Machining

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Specialize your machining skills in this newly developed program designed to meet growing industry demand for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinists in Nova Scotia. Using computers to do highly precise work and automation, CNC machinists bring design ideas to life creating tools and parts from metal, plastic or other materials.

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Precision Machining

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Machinists produce precise parts based on technical engineered drawings. You learn how to do this by operating conventional hand-controlled methods, including: Lathes, Milling machines, Drill presses, Precision measurement tools. Part of your training also involves how to diagnose mechanical malfunctions. While this program focuses on hand-controlled methods, you do learn the fundamentals of computer numerical control (CNC). With CNC, a computerized machine is programmed to do detailed work and automation. Machining is a critical part of industrial production. Many businesses rely on machinists to maximize overall performance and output.

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Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician

Electrical Construction and Industrial

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Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities – on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment. An electrician's work involves assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment. Employers are looking for electricians capable of working in residential, commercial and industrial settings who can respond to constant changes in technology. This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial trades.

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Electrical Engineering Technology

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In this program, you study the design and safe operation of electrical power systems and industrial automation systems. The program emphasizes electrical power distribution, power system management and control, power electronics, computerized lighting system design, industrial control systems (including programmable logic controllers), data acquisition systems and process instrumentation. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills are an asset in this program, especially when it comes to designing, testing and troubleshooting equipment and systems.

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Electronic Engineering Technology

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Electronic devices have become part of everyday life. Microprocessors, robots, lasers, fibre optics, biomedical electronics, satellite communications and wireless networking all use microelectronic technology. With a wide range of applications, there's growing demand for electronic technologists who bring a comprehensive understanding of the principles of electricity, microcomputers, communications and industrial electronics and how they can be used to create solutions.

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Electro-Mechanical Technician

Electrical Technician

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With advances in technology, employers are looking for electrical technicians capable of working with new sources of energy such as solar photovoltaic and wind used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial electricity, with a focus on alternative electrical energy systems including solar photovoltaic, wind and smart grid alternatives. Your first year establishes a foundation in electrical theory and provides hands-on industrial workplace skills. In your second year, you further your knowledge of electrical theory and gain practical experience with residential, commercial and industrial applications of electricity and alternative and renewable energy systems. Graduates benefit by obtaining the practical and theoretical training that is similar to the Electrical Construction and Industrial Certificate and Diploma programs, with an emphasis on the additional electrical skills that are required for green energy systems.

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Electro Mechanical Technician

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Industrial machinery integrates mechanical, electrical and electronic/computer systems. It's the kind of work that requires a variety of skills – from welding and blueprint reading to computer-aided drafting. In this program, you receive training in both electrical and mechanical trades, making you a sought-after skilled worker in the construction and manufacturing industry.

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Electronic Systems Technician

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Electronic devices and systems have become part of everyday life. Microprocessors, robots, lasers, fibre optics, biomedical electronics, satellite communications and wireless networking all use microelectronic technology. With a wide range of applications, there's growing demand for technicians with the skills and knowledge to support these systems, from installing and testing to troubleshooting issues and repair. If you enjoy learning new technologies and hands-on work, this program will give you the skills you need to work in the expanding field of electronics. Throughout the program, you develop technical skills for the electronic field, including electrical circuits, microcontroller applications, electric machines, solid state circuits, electronic fabrication, high reliability soldering and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). There's a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, with extensive lab and project work.

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Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Electrical – Industrial Maintenance and Controls

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This program is an ideal way for graduates of a first-level electrical program to get hands-on experience and knowledge of electrical motors and controls, transformers, solid-state systems and automation technology. A special focus is placed on troubleshooting and problem-solving techniques. You install, troubleshoot and perform transistor calculations for power supply, rectification and electronic control circuits. You also learn to install and maintain: Transformers, Single-phase motors, Motor controls and program logic controller (PLC) systems, Integrated circuits, Amplifiers, Solid state drives, Alternating current (AC) generators, Three-phase motors

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Industrial Mechanical

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The modern industrial plant uses a wide range of mechanical equipment, all of which require installation, maintenance and repair. This program prepares you for an entry-level position in the Industrial Mechanic trade. In this trade, you install, repair and maintain industrial plant machinery and equipment. You read and interpret blueprints; dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment; and install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You also operate a variety of machine tools and welding equipment.

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Industrial Engineering Technician

Industrial Engineering Technology

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The role of an industrial engineering technologist is to determine the most effective way to produce a product or provide a service. Ultimately, their goal is to help organizations optimize production, service, quality, costs and the deployment of resources. In this program, you develop problem-solving skills for sustainability. You learn how to analyze the location and layout of plant facilities, materials handling, ergonomics, simulations, quality management systems, occupational health and safety processes and cost studies. The hands-on component of this work involves observing and working with others to identify opportunities to facilitate organizational improvements. To prepare you for this work, the program emphasizes skills in communication, teamwork and professional conduct.

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Healthcare Industry

Dental Assistant

Dental Assisting - Level II

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Dental assistants work as part of the oral health team, assisting dentists and dental specialists, carrying out direct patient care and instructing patients in the principles and practices of good oral health. The program introduces you to dental science, the foundation of clinical practice and the skills and theory used by dental assistants. You learn how to: Prepare dental instruments and materials, Sterilize dental equipment, Create dental radiographs and images, Polish teeth and apply fluoride, Apply desensitizing agents and dental sealants, Provide patients with oral hygiene advice, Schedule appointments for services and manage patient records

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Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Health Information Management (HIM)

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Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are advocates for people's rights to private, secure and confidential health information. Working in various health care settings, these practitioners support clinical research and health policy through the provision of health care data and the management of complex information systems.In this program, you learn to use computer technologies to capture and analyze information. You also study biomedical sciences, project management, coding and classification, privacy and security and health care law.

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Medical Office Administration

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Working in a medical environment, including hospital departments and doctors' offices, you're a vital part of the health care team. You help provide compassionate and professional service to patients, visitors and health care providers. This program gives you a solid foundation in computer technology, medical terminology, professional ethics, confidentiality and standard office practices, such as billing, preparing medical correspondence, registering and scheduling patients, and managing health records.

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Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technology

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As part of the healthcare team, Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) perform laboratory testing and investigations related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in a wide variety of specimens, including blood, body fluids and tissues.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Health and Safety

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Opportunities in the occupational health and safety (OH&S) field are growing. If you see yourself doing any of the following, you may be well-suited to a career in OH&S: Practical hands-on problem solving, like working with and educating people, Managing, collecting and interpreting data to identify trends and issues in the workplace, Promoting legislation, standards and best practices in OH&S. Throughout the program, you focus on what people do, analyze why they do it and then apply a research-supported intervention strategy to improve working environment conditions. As a graduate, you're well prepared to contribute to, and lead, the development and maintenance of a healthy and safe workplace.

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Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy Assistant

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant (OTA-PTA) performs occupational therapy and physiotherapy interventions for clients with mental and physical conditions, under the direction of a Physiotherapist or an Occupational Therapist. They are an important member of the healthcare team who have direct contact with clients.

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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

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Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, competent, ethical care as a Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians work collaboratively with Pharmacists and other health care professionals, in both hospital and community pharmacy practice, to improve the health and quality of life for Nova Scotians. Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for ensuring accuracy in product preparation and release. They also teach people how to use devices such as inhalers and blood glucose monitors. This program focuses on community, hospital and long-term care pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and entry-level practice competencies defined by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

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Nurse - LPN / LVN

Practical Nursing

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Licensed practical nurses (LPN) work collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide exceptional care to their clients, as well as promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles to individuals, families, groups and communities. Today's health care environments are changing at a fast rate and your success as an LPN depends upon your willingness to work as a team member, to be flexible and enjoy working in a variety of settings while providing safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care.

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Practical Nursing - Mi'kmaw and Indigenous Offering

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The Mi'kmaw and Indigenous designated offering of Practical Nursing prepares you to provide culturally responsive care and develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. In this offering, you learn as a cohort meaning you work with fellow students through a course or courses as a group. The content in the program is being reviewed and deconstructed by Knowledge and Community Experts to have a Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) perspective. Upon successful completion of the diploma, you will be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) and may be eligible for licensure with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) work collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide exceptional care to their clients, as well as promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles to individuals, families, groups and communities. Today's health care environments are changing at a fast rate and your success as a LPN depends upon your willingness to work as a team member, to be flexible and enjoy working in a variety of settings while providing safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care.

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Energy Industry

Electrical Lineman

Power and Utility Line Work

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Are you a team player with good hand-eye coordination? Do you value job safety? Are you comfortable with heights? These are a few of the strengths you will need to succeed in this line of work. The generation, transmission and distribution of electric power integrates mechanical, advanced electrical and electronic systems, computer controls and professional skills. You learn: Safety and environmental awareness, Electrical technology, Computer utilization and communications that meet international standards

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