Skilled Trades

Subject: Skilled Trades 10

Teacher Name: Ryan Bezeau

Year: 2023/2024

Phone Number: (902) 275-2700



Course Description:

Skilled Trades 10 will provide a unique opportunity for young men and women to investigate careers in the skilled trades. In Skilled Trades 10, students will learn about the impact the skilled trades have on society, discover the tangible and intangible benefits of a skilled trades lifestyle, and experience the tremendous rewards that come from working with both their minds and their hands.

An important feature of any skilled trades career is the necessity to be familiar with, and able to safely and competently use, a wide range of tools. From the very first class in Skilled Trades 10, students will be taught to use the same tools as professional tradespeople. Through practical exercises and a real construction project, students will directly experience why physical capabilities, such as manual dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination, are essential to success in the skilled trades.


General Curriculum Outcomes/Topics/Modules:

  • Skilled Trades Living
  • Safety
  • Measurement and Calculation for Trades
  • Tools and Materials of the Skilled Trades


Assessment:  A student’s mark is made up of the following:

a)  Course Work – this is marked out of 100% using the following weighting factors:

i) Projects (Trades Fair, Hands on Projects) 25%

ii) Labour Standards (Safety, Responsibility, Participation)15%

iii) Tests (There will be two tests during the semester)15%

iv) Log book (track learning) 20%

vi) Capstone Project (This is a 5 week final exam) 25%


Classroom Expectations

Skilled Trades 10 is largely based on activities to promote experiential learning. Consequently, the classroom atmosphere must be “safe” for students in two senses of the term. In the physical sense, workplace safety standards must be established and followed at all times. In another sense, the classroom must provide a psychologically safe environment in which students are free to try new, demanding tasks. In experiential learning, mistakes serve as stepping stones to mastery. To develop the self-confidence to learn from their mistakes, students need plenty of time to perform tasks and refine techniques.


I will foster a safe environment by holding myself and their students to a high standard of respectful behaviour. Students need to learn by example, not just how to handle tools properly but also how to manage emotions and relationships effectively.


Safety first” is the mantra of Skilled Trades 10. Before beginning any skill-building activity, I will review safety standards and procedures.  I will demonstrate and model  safety instructions over and over until I am confident that everyone in the class is routinely following them.


All students will have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided to them.  This includes safety footwear, safety vests, hard hats, hearing/respiratory/eye protection and a place to store their equipment (a small locker within the classroom or in the hallway outside the classroom doors).  Students must wear appropriate PPE while in the Skilled Trades Centre.


Safety & Respect,  What do these look like in class?


  • Wear appropriate PPE
    • Where a face mask when appropriate physical distancing cannot maintained
    • Safety boots, Safety glasses, Safety vest, Hard Hat to be worn while in the Skilled Trades Centre
  • Do not distract people while they are using tools
    • Audible (i.e. yelling)
    • Physical (i.e. touching)
  • No horse play
  • No drugs
  • Focus on the task at hand
  • Use appropriate tools for the job
    • You wouldn’t use a compound mitre saw to sharpen a pencil
  • Inspect tools prior to using them.  If broken in any way report to Mr. Bezeau so he can get a replacement.
  • Clean up your work area & tools at end of each class/completion of task
  • Follow safe use procedures for all tools
  • Follow fire and lock down procedures
  • Sanitize shared tools before and after using them
  • Report any unsafe behaviour to Mr. Bezeau


  • Be supportive/nice/helpful to others in the class
    • No hurtful language (written or spoken)
  • Be an active listener (during conversations and instructional time)
  • No messaging/talking while someone is addressing the class
  • Don’t be glued to your phone
  • Be on time/don’t disappear or leave early
    • If you were talking to a staff member please have them write you a note
    • You are considered late as soon as the late bell finishes ringing.
    • You must have permission from Mr. Bezeau to leave the classroom
  • Only students registered in Skilled Trades 10 should be in our classroom.
  • Reasonable “breaks”
    • Bathroom
    • Not every class
    • No more than 10 minutes
    • The cafeteria is not the bathroom, don’t get confused
  • Drink
    • Use the water fountain outside our classroom doors. It has good water pressure and is cold.
  • Tools
    • If a tool breaks while you are using it please tell Mr. Bezeau so that the tool can be fixed or replaced in a timely manor.
    • Use tools in the manner they are meant to be used (i.e. don’t bend tape measures backwards)
    • Use only the tools from your tool belt & make sure the tools go back in your belt at the end of class.  (all belts and tools are numbered)
  • Complete assigned tasks by given deadlines.
  • Abide by Covid regulations



Like any employer the school has a responsibility to keep employees (students) safe on the job site (Skilled Trades Centre).  The school provides students with PPE, training and appropriate tools that are in good repair.  Students also have a responsibility to keep themselves safe.  If a student chooses to ignore this responsibility appropriate consequences will be taken to:

  • One safety violation in class will result in documentation of the event and a verbal warning.
  • Two safety violations will result in documentation of the event, removal from class and discussion with administration about safe behaviour in class.
  • Three safety violations will result in a call home to discuss safety issues.
  • Four safety violations will result in a meeting with student, guardian, administration and teacher.
  • Five safety violations will result removal from the Skilled Trades class.

*Depending on the severity of the violation this process could be fast tracked*

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