156 Trades – General

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Last update: April 15/24


ViVET: Global Hub for Vocational Education Training [this site is not currently valid] (CC BY-NC-SA)

A learning platform that provides videos, courses, training, and topics related to Vacation and Education Training (VET).


Mechatronics Technology  by Carnegie Mellon University (CC BY-NC-SA)

Learn skills in electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies in a course mapped to the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Level 1 certification. Students are prepared for entry-level Mechatronics positions in almost every industry.

Skills Commons  by Skills Commons (CC BY)

A digital library of Workforce Training Materials.


BC Campus General Trades Textbooks  by variouos (Varies)

Basic Blueprint Reading  by Ric Costin (CC BY)

This is an entry level blueprint reading book written for the first year welding student. The book will be used in the first term of a two year welding program to familiarize the student to sketching and reading blueprints.

Building Information – Representation and Management Principles and Foundations for the Digital Era  by Alexander Koutamanis (CC-BY-NC-SA)

The book presents a coherent theory of building information, focusing on its representation and management in the digital era. It addresses issues such as the information explosion and the structure of analogue building representations to propose a parsimonious approach to the deployment and utilization of symbolic digital technologies like BIM. It also considers the matching representation of AECO processes in terms of tasks, so as to connect to information processing and support both information management and decision taking.

Building Maintenance and Construction – Tools and Maintenance Tasks  by Clifford Rutherford (CC BY 4.0)

This text introduces and develops knowledge of basic building maintenance tools and materials, applied skills and techniques, industry health and safety standards, and preventive maintenance and troubleshooting practices required by employers for entry-level positions in the building trades and facilities maintenance fields.

Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces  by Foster and Barnetson ( not declared)

Workplace injuries happen every day and can profoundly affect workers, their families, and the communities they live in.  This textbook provides workers with an introduction to effective injury prevention.  This book pays particular attention to how issues of precarious employment, gender, and ill health can be better handled in Canadian occupational health and safety (OHS).

Math for Trades: Volume 1 by Chad Flinn and Mark Overgaard (CC-BY)

The Math for Trades: Volume 1 textbook represents the building blocks for math training. The book includes whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. The material is presented from a trades perspective with easy-to-understand examples and video explanations accompanying questions. The goal of this volume is to get students prepared for the more advanced topics that they will encounter during their trades math education.

Math for Trades: Volume 2  by Chad Flinn and Mark Overgaard (CC-BY)

This textbook continues where the first volume left off. Volume 2 increases the challenge with topics such as converting units, working with equations, perimeter, area and volume. Once again the material is presented from a trades perspective with easy-to-understand examples and videos explanations accompanying questions. The goal of this volume is to take the material you learned in Math for Trades: Volume 1 and apply it to more advanced topics that you may encounter during your trades training.


OER Toolkit for Trades Instructors by Sue Doner and Susan Chandler (CC-BY)

This chapter is adapted from Trades - General in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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