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.

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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.

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
The overall goal of this short program is to provide participants with the following information:
  • Review the new Federal Legislation for the Global Harmonization System also known as W.H.M.I.S. 2015 and the impact of this on manufacturers, suppliers, employers and workers. We will also discuss what we believe the Ontario Provincial Government may add to the Federal Legislation requirements.
  • Review both WHMIS 1988 and New WHMIS 2015 symbols, labels, MSDS and SDS.
  • Generic versus specific training. Many workplaces do not understand the requirements for training and often do not provide the information needed to protect workers and expose their business to an unnecessary risk. We will review both the legislation requirements and best practices.
  • Be familiar with routes of entry the body of an unprotected worker and the effects chemicals have.
  • Review the three basic methods of controlling hazards, at the source, along the path, and at the worker.
  • Review the basic principle of emergency planning.

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

  • Have an understanding of the changes made to WHMIS
  • Understand MSDS and SDS sheets
  • Knowledge on Legislations for GHS and legislation requirements
  • Knowledge on basic methods of controlling hazards
  • Knowledge on basic principle of emergency planning.
Soils Evaluation
June 14-15, 2017

The objective of this course is twofold. Firstly, introduce the learner to information currently not taught or known, which will be required to be known in the future and secondly, cover the current soil requirements needed to meet the criteria required for onsite wastewater design.

This is a 2-day program. Day 1 will be in the classroom and Day 2 will be in the field.

Participants, working in pairs, will describe a minimum of two soil profiles in the field. From the field data, the loading rate from the Tyler table will be determined.

There will be a great deal of material covered and all participants are expected to participate fully throughout the course. Credit will not be given to anyone who does not participate. Expect to put in two long days.

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

  • Basic treatment mechanisms tin soil used to treat sewage
    • Filtration
    • Adsorption
    • Chemical
    • Flora, fauna microbial role in treatment
  • The effect of saturated and unsaturated flows on basic treatment processes
  • Basic knowledge of what conditions will enhance soil treatment and what conditions deter treatment
  • The depth of effective soil needed for treatment
  • Where the highest population of microbes/flora-fauna/biota live in the soil
  • Where the water goes (vertical movement and horizontal movement) when it meets a restricting layer
  • How fast water moves in soil
  • What affects the movement of water volume and speed
  • Pore space, void space relative to soil texture, matric potential of soils (suction – capillary action) 20
  • Structure 20
  • Hydraulic head 5
  • Affect of SAR on clays and recognition of expandable clays – reference in SOP
  • Desired movement of wastewater (saturated vs. unsaturated) video
  • Water holding capacity of soil (water holding capacity of various soils)
  • Field capacity, upper and lower water limits
  • Saturation and saturation percentage test
  • Percolation test, general method, limits, locations, depths, outside effects on results, relation to soil texture and structure
  • Infiltration into soil vs. percolation within the soil and the effect of biomat formation
  • Recognition of ground water mounding occurring and what it is
  • the conditions that affect movement of water in soil and that it will affect the sizing of a soil absorption system.
Electrical Safety 101
June 19, 2017

This one-day workshop is intended to prepare participants to successfully understand practical electric circuitry based on the Ontario Electrical Safety Code as it pertains to wastewater installations. This one-day workshop will also serve as refresher of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and walk the participants through the process of how an onsite wastewater professional could possibly receive and prevent a shock while working.

Students will receive following support material at the start of the program:

  • Illustrated Code Series: Electrical

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

  • How to navigate the Illustrated Code Series: Electrical for “on the job” use
  • How to use the Illustrated Code Series book, and apply the Ontario Electrical Safety Code to those working around and electrical installations such as wastewater installations
  • How, and where an electrical fault current travels in a building structure
  • How to prevent electric shock
  • How grounding and bonding works to carry ground fault current to receive an electrical shock
  • How grounding and bonding works to prevent an electrical shock
  • Should a person be grounded or not grounded?
  • How to work safely around electricity
  • What the electrical installation is all about in practical terms
  • Motor & Pump Calculations
  • Circuit Loading Calculations
  • What is a safe electrical installation
On-Site Sewage System Training, Examinations and the Qualification Registration Process
June 26, 2017

This short webinar will guide participants through the requirements process in order to obtain the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) registration.T

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

  • Where to find information about the Qualification and Registration process
  • Where to find training in Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code
  • How to apply for registration and obtain a BCIN number
  • How to apply for the On-Site Sewage System Examination
  • The examination format
  • How to register your qualifications with the Ministry
  • Where to find other information
Master Electrician (ME) Exam Prep
September 12, 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 Tools For Onsite Wastewater Professionals
September 26, 2017
St. Marys

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
Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 Onsite Sewage Systems Exam Prep
October 5-6 and 11-12-13, 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

This Exam Prep course is designed to prepare the student for writing the MMAH On-site Sewage Systems qualification exam. It is scheduled for October 5, 6, and October 11, 12, 13, 2017.

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.


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