Preparing for a Technology career
Technology and trades programs have demanding entrance requirements and also open the door to a number of different career options. Many students find themselves needing further preparation for the rigorous requirements of technology and technician programs, while others simply don't know which area of technology they wish to pursue as a career. Pre-technology programs at Ontario colleges can help students explore the various technology industries while also helping them boost their academic profiles.
If you're interested in a technology career and want to ensure you meet the requirements of technology programs, here's what you need to know.
Pre-technology programs give students hands-on experience in a number of technology areas, such as programming, engineering, electronics and more. Lab work and training with AutoCAD and other computer-assisted technology is emphasized.
Along with exploration of the technology industry, students take courses in math, physics and chemistry to upgrade their knowledge to meet entrance requirements for the Ontario college technology programs of their choice.
Note: Some Ontario colleges will combine pre-trades and pre-technology programs into one for further career exploration into both industries.
General Pre-Technology Program Requirements
Ontario college pre-technology programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Additional academic requirements will vary by program, but will likely include a grade 12 English and select mathematics and physics credits.
Pre-Technology Jobs and Salaries
It is possible to enter the workplace in an entry-level position with a pre-technology credential, however most students continue their education in a pre-technology program. Possible areas of continued study include:
- Biological and chemical programs
- Mechanical and industrial programs
- Computer engineering programs
For graduates who choose to enter the workforce, most jobs available will be entry level, and salaries will reflect that.
Ontario Colleges Offering Pre-Technology Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of pre-technology programs at Ontario colleges