The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

CPD Courses/Activities

Here are some continuing professional development opportunities that partner organizations have opened up to our members.

2017 Breakfast & Learn Workshop Series at Niagara College
Practical Strategies to Develop, Grow Product Sales 

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Deadline to register Friday, March 24, 2017
8:30 am to 10:30 am  

This workshop explores ways to grow your business using proven techniques for setting up independent sales reps who only get paid when they sell. It also delves into effective strategies for using LinkedIn and other social media.

Facilitated by Bryan C Webb, P. Eng.

One of the key elements of a successful business is growth of sales and sales revenue. Growth helps through scales of economies where your equipment and staff can be more efficient by maximizing use of fixed assets and adding people as needed. Many companies work very hard in their manufacturing facilities but don’t spend an appropriate amount of time planning for future growth and needs. They also rely on sales to their current customers within Ontario or Canada without considering these same types that operate in the United States.

In this morning session, you will learn:
  • what challenges other manufacturers in the region face with regards to product sales
  • what strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats exist in today’s economic climate
  • how to set up new sales channels in new territories when you’ve never done it, and don’t think you have the time, skills or resources to effectively execute.
To register:  The first three OACETT members  that use this link will have their ticket discounted by 100%. Once the three are used, full price of $25 would be applied.

JM Consulting is a specialized, boutique-style consulting agency dedicated to providing customized professional development and program management services to organizations. 

Confined Space Entry
April 11, 2017

All workers that are involved with Confined Spaces must have training. This course will cover the aspects required to conduct confined space entries while following Part XI of the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations standards for working in confined spaces and reviewing the Ontario Ministry of Labour O.Reg 632/05 Confined Spaces Regulations. This course should be attended by supervisors/entry permit issuers, attendants, entrants and rescuers.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize Confined Spaces and discuss the specific confined spaces at your location
  • Have a better understanding of Legislation Overview: The current laws that apply to confined spaces
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Supervisors, Attendants, Entrants and Rescuers
  • Understand the requirements of on-site rescue for confined space emergencies
  • Review and discuss your Confined Space Policy, Permit and what should be recorded
  • Review of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required
  • Describe Entry Equipment & Respirator selection, care and maintenance
  • Describe Ventilation and Air monitoring methods
  • Understand Hazard Control measures and assessments
  • Implement safeguards to protect entrants and rescuers (e.g. LOTO, Fall Arrest)

Project Management Tools For Onsite Wastewater Professionals
April 25, 2017

This highly-interactive workshop will enable participants to understand foundational project management techniques and will allow the attendees to apply the tools and templates that will be introduced in this learning event. Case studies, exercises and discussions will be industry-based, therefore, professionals who work in onsite, decentralized wastewater environments will be able to immediately use the content that will be introduced in this workshop. Participants in this course will also have the opportunity to customize their templates and tools and use these in their jobs right away.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “Project Management”
  • Gain an awareness of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 10 Knowledge Areas
  • Understand the Project Life Cycle
  • How to initiate projects
  • Define projects by phase
  • Manage Risks
  • Use tools to run effective meetings for your project team
  • Plan and schedule projects
  • Manage and Control your Ongoing Project
  • Close projects
  • Become aware of Continuous Improvement
  • Plan next steps in your Project Management career path
Master Electrician Exam Prep
April 22, 2017

This one-day workshop is intended to prepare participants to successfully write and pass the Master Electrician (ME) License Exam. This one-day workshop will also walk the participants through the pre-examination application process.

This open book Exam is administered by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and the passing grade is 70%.

Students will receive following support materials at the start of the program:
  • Master Electrical Exam: Acts, Bills and Regulations
  • Master Electrician’s License Pre-Exam Pack
  • Access to an online exam simulator
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • How to organize the study material (Ontario Codebook + Gov’t Acts Bills & Regulations) and what materials are needed to bring to the exam
  • How to complete the exam application form and how to book the exam date
  • The 10 Key Methods to answer multiple-choice questions successfully
  • How to navigate the various exam parts comfortably
  • How to answer multiple-choice questions using 2015 Code Book
  • How to answer multiple-choice question using Government Acts, Bills and Regulations
Project Management Essentials
April 27-28, 2017

Every person has at one time or another been faced with the job of planning and executing some sort of project. It might have been a simple thing like organizing an office lunch or something quite complex like developing a software application. Even though these two projects seem worlds apart in importance, objectives, and resource requirements, they have a great deal in common in terms of the planning and overseeing that will make them successes.

This course is designed to show you the tools and techniques used by project managers to better organize your work to make your projects more successful.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Define the term “Project Management”
  • Determine distinguishing characteristics of projects
  • Learn various techniques for selecting projects
  • Understand PMI’s Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Identify and Manage Key Stakeholders
  • Break a project into logical phases
  • Specify the project activities
  • Develop a Project Charter
  • Create SMART Project Objectives
  • Manage Changes in the Project
  • Understand and create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Sequence Project Activities logically
  • Estimate Activity Durations
  • Understand the role of “the Triple Constraint”
  • Learn about the Critical Path
  • Understand the importance of Milestones
  • Perform Risks Management of the project
  • Create a Communication Plan
  • Measure and Manage Project Progress
  • Manage the Project Resources
  • Capture and utilize Project Lessons Learned
Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems Exam Prep
May 1-5, 2017

This course deals with the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements for on-site Sewage Systems with design capacity of 10,000 litres per day or less. The OBC technical requirements for these systems are found primarily in Division B., Part 8 of the Code, but also include and refer to other portions of the OBC, the Building Code Act and Supplementary Standard SB6. This course is an introduction to the principles of on-site sewage systems and includes the following topics:

  • Requirements under the Building Code Act (BCA) as related to sewage systems
  • Site evaluations, test pits and percolation times (T-times)
  • System characteristics and daily design flows
  • Design and construction of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 sewage systems
  • Inspection and review of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 sewage systems
  • Operation and maintenance minimum requirements for existing systems, and
  • Occupational Health and Safety as related to sewage system inspection or enforcement

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal requirements under the BCA and OBC
  • Evaluate the site characteristics and determine the options available for the site
  • Understand the minimum design requirements for the five classes of on-site sewage systems
  • Understand the construction requirements for the various types of systems
  • Understand some of the health and safety requirements related to the construction of on-site sewage systems
  • Understand the basics of evaluating malfunctioning systems, remedial work and change of use for buildings connected to existing systems.
Writing Effective Summaries for Technical Documents
May 9, 2017

Writing effective summaries for varied reading audiences is one of the essential skills of a technical writer and project leader in the engineering sector. The odds that all audiences will read your technical report cover to cover are slim. Instead, they will often ask for summaries of the content to meet their specific needs.

This workshop will reinforce your summarizing skills when writing proposals as well as formal and informal reports.

Topics include:

  • Concise Introductions and Conclusions
  • Executive Summaries
  • Cover Letters
  • Formal and Informal Report Summary Formats

In the AM session, you will review best summary strategies and practice editing types of summaries. In the PM session, you will practice developing effective summaries for common writing formats. Participants are encouraged to bring a current report to edit and develop summaries for.

At the end of this course, participants will be better able to use the following strategies:

  • Use an audience profile to understand reader needs
  • Develop concise and coherent introductions and conclusions in project reports
  • Develop and edit executive summaries for technical reports
  • Develop informal reports that quickly summarize a project situation.
Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Prep
May 23-25, 2017
June 1-2, 2017

This course is unique in that it walks you through the project processes from beginning to end, just as projects are performed in practice. This program is meant to prepare participants to successfully pass the Project Management Institute’s vigorous Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.

At the end of this program, participants will understand the PMI Process Groups, Knowledge Areas & Processes in order to prepare for the PMP or CAPM exam.  Topics include:
  • What Is a Project?
  • Creating the Project Charter
  • Developing the Project Scope Statement
  • Creating the Project Schedule
  • Developing the Project Budget
  • Risk Planning
  • Planning Project Resources
  • Developing the Project Team
  • Conducting Procurements and Sharing Information
  • Measuring and Controlling Project Performance
  • Controlling Work Results
  • Applying Professional Responsibility

Preparing, designing and delivering effective presentations is a challenge, even more so if the content is of a technical nature. Learn techniques and strategies that will help you communicate better and achieve the results you need. In this workshop, you will deliver multiple short talks on Day 1, and on Day 2 you will present a longer piece on a work-related topic of your choosing.

Keep in mind that this workshop is designed for participants to explore and learn new techniques in a safe, non-threatening environment. We also want to keep this class size small, so we are capping this workshop at 10 participants.

At the end of this course, participants will be better able to:

  • Outline the purpose and formulate messaging for presentations
  • Analyze audiences to appropriately level or ‘translate’ technical topics
  • Select and organize data and information
  • Structure presentation content
  • Select and effectively utilize presentation media
  • Employ active preparation techniques to refine delivery
  • Manage nerves and project energy
  • Use voice and body language to convey confidence
  • Manage Q&A and challenging audience members

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