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energy.jpgA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within theEnergy sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from power generation and distribution, to the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Energy possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Energy Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Energy industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  ​

The Energy SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Energy sector. ​

​​Credits

​Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

​College (Grades 11-12)

​University (Grades 11-12)

​Workplace (Grades 11-12)​

​Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit  

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit 
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit 
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit 
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit 

​English (Including a CLA)

​1

​1

​1

​1

​Mathematics (Including a CLA)​

​1

​1

​1

​1

​Business, Science or Canadian / World Studies (including a CLA)

1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit​
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​Co-Operative Education

​2

​2

​2

​2


2. Certification and Training​

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.​​

​​Three Compulsory Certifications​

​Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED 

​Standard First Aid

​Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic ​


​​Three Elective Certifications​

​Alternative Energy

​Basic Electrical Safety

​Compass / Map / GPS 

​CAD / CAM

​Confined Space Awareness 

​Customer Service 

​Elevated Work Platforms

​Energy Efficiency 

​Ergonomics

​Fire Extinguisher Use 

​GIS

​Hazardous Materials 

​Health and Safety – Basic 

​Hoisting and Rigging

​Leadership Skills

​Lockout / Tagout 

​Personal Protective Equipment – Energy 

​Pipeline Construction Safety

​Radiation Safety

​Renewable Energy

​Sector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety 

​Trenching Safety 

​Watershed Management

​Working at Heights ​

3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans. 

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits

Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport. 

SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:​

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  ​

Career Pathways

The Energy SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:​

​Apprenticeship

​College

Electrician
Electrical Power Line and Cable Worker
Gas Fitter
Industrial Instrument Technician
Industrial Millwright
Machinist
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Stationary Engineer
Steamfitter or Pipefitter
​Civil Engineering Technologist
Energuide and Quality Control Manager
Geological and MineralTechnologist
Geothermal System Designer / Installer
Industrial Engineering Technician
Land Surveyor
Petroleum / Gas / Chemical Process Operator
Utilities Manager

​University

​Workplace​

​Chemical Engineer
Climatologist
Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Environmental Assessor
Geological Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
​Electronic Service Technician
Gas Maintenance Worker
Home Energy Evaluator
Oil and Gas Well Drilling Worker
Renewable Energy Product Salesperson
Solar Panel Chemical Process Technician
Transformer and Electrical Appliance Tester
Wind Turbine Material Controller 


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.