Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) (Entry)

In the First Year Lather Program, students will complete 15 of the 25 courses outlined in the Provincial Plan of Training for Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) (Entry) Apprenticeship. During this entry level program, students will learn the essential skills of the trade and will be prepared, upon graduation, to enter the workforce as a first-year apprentice.

Once graduates earn employment as a Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic), they are encouraged to contact the Industrial Training Division of the Department of Education to become a “Registered Apprentice”. Under the supervision of a Certified Journeyperson, the hours and competencies the apprentice earns will be then credited toward the qualifications required to become eligible to challenge the Interprovincial Exam.

For complete course details, click here for the Provincial Plan of Training for Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) (Entry).

Program Outline

Block 1

AM1100 Math Essentials

This course provides a review of basic math skills. Students will be required to use multiplication tables from memory, perform whole number operation, apply the order of operations in math problems, perform fraction and mixed number operations, perform decimal operations, perform percent, decimal, and fraction conversion and comparison, perform percentage operations, perform ratio and proportion operations, use the imperial measurement system in math problems, and use the metric measurement system in math problems. This course is transferable between entry level training blocks in various trade programs.

AM1210 Lather Math Fundamentals

This course provides theoretical and practical orientation to core math skills in a trade specific environment. Students will be required to employ percent, decimal, and fraction conversion and comparison in trade specific situations, apply ratios and proportions to trade specific problems, use the Imperial Measurement system in trade specific applications, use the Metric Measurement system in trade specific applications, complete Imperial/Metric conversions in trade specific situations, manipulate formulas using cross multiplication, dividing throughout, elimination, and substitution to solve trade specific problems, perform calculations involving geometry that are relevant to the trade, and use practical math skills to complete administrative trade tasks. To emphasize or further develop specific knowledge objectives, students will be asked to complete practical demonstrations which confirm proper application of mathematical theory to job skills. This course has been designated as NON-TRANSFERABLE to other trades programs, and NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT. Students completing training in this trade program are required to complete this math course. Pre-Requisite (s): AM 1100 Math Essentials.

TS1510 Occupational Health and Safety

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Act, laws and regulations; understand the designated responsibilities within the laws and regulations; the right to refuse dangerous work; and the importance of reporting accidents.

TS1520 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to define WHMIS, examine hazard identification and ingredient disclosure, explain labeling and other forms of warning, and introduce material safety data sheets (MSDS).

TS1530 First Aid

This course is designed to give the apprentice the ability to recognize situations requiring emergency action and to make appropriate decisions concerning first aid.

Complete a St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid Certificate course.
AJ1120 Rigging

This general studies course requires the use of rigging equipment, block and tackle, and safety equipment. It involves installing, testing and maintaining rigging; and tying knots and splicing rope. It includes information on safety requirements, types of ropes, types of knots and slings.

AJ1150 Basic Drawing and Sketching

This drafting course requires the use of basic drawings, specifications, bills of materials, drawing instruments and facilities. It involves reading basic drawings and diagrams, sketching, and interpretation of specifications. It includes information on sketching techniques and types of drawings.

AJ2410 Scaffolds

This course in scaffolding requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints; layout, construction and installation of wood scaffolds; and clean up. It includes information on construction techniques and safety requirements for wood scaffolds.

LA1100 Confined Space Awareness

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge to properly prepare themselves to work in confined spaces. Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be able to explain the procedures to properly prepare a confined space for entry, enter a confined space safely, perform their duties as an attendant, and deal with an emergency.

LA1110 Fall Protection Awareness

This course is designed to give participants the required knowledge for the safe and efficient use and care of fall protection equipment so that they may work safely when off the ground or in areas where fall hazards exist.

LA1120 Power Line Hazards Awareness

This course is designed to give participants a basic knowledge of electrical hazards, accident prevention, and government regulation so that they can work safely in areas where power line hazards exist.

LA1130 Workplace Harassment

This course is designed to raise the participants’ awareness to the issues of workplace harassment by showing the effects of harassment on co-workers and the overall working environment of the company.

LA1140 Interior Systems Fundamentals

This course in Interior Systems Fundamentals requires the use of basic tools and equipment and suitable facilities. It involves selecting and using the correct tools and materials to complete specific work assignments.

LA1150 Metal Wall Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for framing steel stud walls, staggered stud walls, shaft walls and chase walls. Also included is information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for installing vapour barriers, thermal insulation and installing drywall to various metal wall systems. As well as the use of relevant tools and equipment, this course also requires the ability to read specifications and drawings.

LA1160 Ceiling Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for installing drywall contact ceilings, drywall suspended ceilings, T-bar ceilings and metal linear ceilings. As well as the use of relevant tools and equipment, this course also requires the ability to read specifications and drawings.

MA1060 Basic Math

This course in Basic Math requires knowledge of general mathematical concepts and processes to enable trades persons to function in the institutional setting by developing numeracy skills required for technical courses. This math course should also provide a foundation for experiential learning through a knowledge of math relating to on-the-job skills and practices.

CM2150 Workplace Communications

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of effective communication including letters, memos, short report writing, oral presentations and interpersonal communications.

MR1220 Customer Service

This course focuses on the role of providing quality customer service. It is important to have a positive attitude and the necessary skills to effectively listen and interpret customer concerns about a product, resolve customer problems, and determine customer wants and needs. Students will be able to use the skills and knowledge gained in this course to effectively provide a consistently high level of service to the customer.

SP2330 Quality Assurance/Quality Control

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the concepts and requirements of QA/QC such as, interpreting standards, controlling the acceptance of raw materials, controlling quality variables and documenting the process. It includes information on quality concepts, codes and standards, documentation, communications, human resources, company structure and policy, teamwork and responsibilities.

MC1050 Introduction To Computers

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to computer systems. Particular emphasis is given to word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and the Internet and security issues.

SD1700 Workplace Skills

This course involves participating in meetings, information on formal meetings, unions, workers’ compensation, employment insurance regulations, workers’ rights and human rights.

SD1710 Job Search Techniques

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the critical elements of effective job search techniques.

SD1720 Entrepreneurial Awareness

This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of entrepreneurship, including the characteristics of the entrepreneur, the pros and cons of self-employment, and some of the steps involved in starting your own business.

Advanced Levels

Registered Apprentices (through Department of Education, Industrial Training Division) receive funding for the advanced blocks of training, pending they have attained the required work experience and are EI eligible.

Block 2

LA2100 Blueprint Reading and Estimating I

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to read and interpret architectural, mechanical and electrical blueprint drawings and perform quantity takeoffs.

LA2110 Demountable Wall Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for constructing demountable partition systems and installing sound insulation, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2120 Advanced Ceiling Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for installing drywall and t-bar ceilings with soffits, drops, expansion/control joints, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2130 Metal Cutting and Welding

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for the cutting and welding of light gauge metals, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

Block 3

LA2140 Blueprint Reading and Estimating II

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to read and interpret architectural, mechanical and electrical blueprint drawings and perform quantity takeoffs.

LA2150 Specialty Wall Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to build and install exterior prefabricated wall panels and fabric walls, install exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS) and to prepare base materials for acrylic finishes, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2160 Specialty Ceiling Systems

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for installing vaulted, barrelled and multiple elevation drywall ceilings, metal pan ceilings and exterior/interior metal linear ceilings, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2170 Access Flooring

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to identify and install the basic components of access flooring systems and accessories, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2180 Radiation Shielding and Sound Proofing

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for building and installing sound baffing and installing lead shielding, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

LA2190 Metal Lath and Stucco Wire

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills for installing metal lathe and stucco wire, as well as the use of relevant tools and equipment.

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