York Construction Academy
https://yorkacademy.caYork Construction Academy is a Registered Private Career College with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. Our programs provide a hands-on-learning experience for individuals that are eager to pursue a career in the construction industry. Miss Evans: Welcome to York Construction Academy, we are a registered private career college with the ministry of training colleges and universities which specializes in construction trades training. YCA officially opened it's doors in 2001 and has 900 successful graduates to date. The programs we offer provide our students with a learning experience that consists of 75% hands-on training and 25% theory which is specifically designed to prepare them for new residential construction. Our program includes the following: framing and rough carpentry, building concrete form work, walls and partitions, building foundations and floors, finished carpentry, which students will learn how to install baseboards, interior trim, and crown mouldings, they will learn to also identify wood products, framing methods, and codes of residential framing, identify the components of sealing systems, window and door installation, drywall installation, which will also include taping, finishing, plastering and painting, flooring installation, hardwood, laminate and ceramic, as well as ceramic tile setting, reading and interpreting blueprints, and basic plumbing and electrical.Kim: Hi I'm Kim, I've come to York Academy school of construction. My initial career goal was plumbing, and in the beginning, I was just searching for programs at various vocation schools that was offering plumbing. I spoke to Vlad and he's the manager here and he explained to me that if I had some interest in designing kitchens and baths as well that I should get a larger picture. And so that's what I've come here for the big picture. And to my surprise, I've probably done more than just get a big picture. I've learned a lot of theory, a lot practical, a lot of hands-on skills, everything from building, foundation, drywall, using power tools, to drawing intricate layout designs.Najamasan: My name is Najamasan, and I came here for this school for the future, learn the things, like plumbing, electric, and special work, special like drywall, and learning how to fix the drywall, and the screws and plumbing work, starting from the big things like doing the drywall, putting that in, and then the mudding, and then buffing or what-taping taping and then to do the painting after that. We learn for the theory like electrical, how to put the wire which is the black wire which is very close to the white wire which goes to the ground and is switch that's it and there is electrical switches and switch in the box and the junction box for the light.Kim: So I am glad that I did take Vlad's advice, and I did come and enrol this summer, and within 2-3 months I'm surprised at what I've learned. First we learned how to build a structural wall, and we learned about perimeter walls, foundations, and we actually took this theory and we applied it on the construction site in the back.Miss Evans: As of 2012 YCA, will now offer first aid and CPR to all of our students as this additional certification is now becoming more of a requirement in the construction industry. In addition to our offices, classrooms and training area, YCA also has on staff a job developer that provides career consultation, resume writing and interview techniques to all of our graduates.Kim: What was challenging probably in the beginning was learning how to measure precisely and cut precisely and for me probably learning how to use the big chop saw. So we finish building a whole partition wall, and various pieces we put together were like jacks and kings and they were major studs and we formed a window openings and door openings, and I actually nailed all of this together with my bare hands and also with my colleague my team. After this we started to put on the drywall so again it was precise measuring, cutting and we are using a power screwdriver to screw on the drywall to the studs and we learned how to change and use various bits and various drills, drill-bits and their applications. Finally I think we are on the finishing touches we were working on taping, mudding and we did a few coats on that, I got all my hands dirty, and went all over my tshirt, my clothes, and that's probably one of the most fun parts of the course. And finally I think we've come to putting on the decoration, the trims, the casings, for the doors and the windows and the baseboards. And then the part that I always look forward to which is the painting lol.Miss Evans: Our staff works closely with contractors throughout the Greater Toronto Area and also stays up to date with the construction job market. Our instructors are highly trained and licensed in the industry. And YCA has an excellent reputation with employers throughout the construction industry.Kim: I just wanted to add a very important point and that is regarding our teacher Joseph, I actually would like to thank him, because many times he has taken his time out to give me the extra patience and explaining, and that way I've been able to excel even faster.Joseph: Hi my name is Joseph Mangilo, as you can tell by the name I'm Italian, and as Italians as the saying goes we've been involved in construction almost since the day we're born. I myself personally have been involved in construction or in renovations actually since I was 13 years old. So don't think that just because you get a little bit of electrical knowledge you can do the electrical, you can't an electrician costs or takes 7000-7500 hours to become an electrician, but what you learn here you can take it out into the field and become an apprentice for an electrician what you learn here in plumbing you can take with you and you can become an apprentice for a plumber, or for a carpenter, because to be a framer you must have a carpenters licence. Here you will get the experience, the hands-on experience of how you measure your wall, how you cut your wall, how you assemble your wall, how you assemble a door opening inside a wall, or a window opening inside a wall, therefore making you ready to be a carpenter's assistant. You can also do your drywall, we show you exactly how to fit the drywall in, all the properties of drywall, all the different styles of drywall, different thicknesses, where they belong. You can actually get your own licence for putting up drywall, so you can be a drywaller or you can do taping, mudding and taping, there's a big big business for that, and we show you all of that, you do it all. You can be a painter, we show you exactly how to paint, what the techniques you must use for paint, the properties of paint, properties of brushes and rollers, what you use for what, we also show you about flooring and tiling, and this you can do on your own, you can get your own licence and you can do it on your own, you don't have to have a contractor's licence, all you need is a renovator's licence, which is what I got. You will we will show you the properties of wood floors, hardwoods, properties of laminate, properties of ceramics, what you must do before you put a ceramic down on a sub-floor, we show you how to put ceramics on a wall, we show you how to create designs with ceramic, we will show you how to enhance a floor either with hardwood or with a laminate, not only the planks but you also have the squares, some of the greatest designs are done by laminate. Pergo has a fantastic design a floor that looks like a piece of marble. And you can do it, it's not hard all you have to learn is how to do it. And we teach you that here at York Construction Academy.Najamasan: This is and I'm really satisfied for this school, it's excellent.Miss Evans: With an overall 93% employment success rate, York Construction Academy will continue to provide our students with the right tools to build a successful career in the construction and renovations industry.Kim: So to sum it all up, here at York Construction Academy, I've learned many methods to perform. And I'm really looking forward to performing these methods in the future.Follow YCA:
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