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A diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Manufacturing sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from welding and fabrication, to manufacturing and design. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Manufacturing possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Manufacturing 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 Manufacturingindustry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.

The Manufacturing 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 Manufacturing 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

2
One credit must be in 
Grade 12

​Mathematics (Including a CLA)

​1

​1

​1

​1

​Science (Including a CLA)

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

​0

​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

​Basic Electrical Safety 

​Basic Safety Orientation  

​Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) – Flat 

​CAD / CAM 

​Confined Space Awareness

​Customer Service

​Elevated Work Platforms  

​Fire Extinguisher Use 

​Fire Safety Training

​Handling Dangerous Substances 

​Hoisting and Rigging  

​Introduction to Lean Manufacturing  

​Leadership Skills

​Lockout / Tagout 

​Personal Protective Equipment – Manufacturing 

​Propane Safety

​Safe Lifting 

​Sector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety  

​Software

​Specialized Skills Training Program / Competition  

​Transportation of Dangerous Goods 

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

​Apprenticeship

​College

Die Designer
Electrician / Plant Maintenance
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Millwright
Mould Maker
Precision Machinist
Tool and Die Maker
Welder  
Chemical Production Engineering Technologist
Design and Drafting Technologist
Electronics Engineering Technologist Instrumentation and Control Technician
Manufacturing Technologist
Materials Supervisor
Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Production and Quality Control Technologist

​University

​Workplace

​Chemical Engineer
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer 
Mechanical Engineer
Metallurgical Engineer
Production Engineer  
​Foundry Worker
Machine Operator
Material Handling Labourer
Motor Vehicle Assembler
Solderer  ​


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.