E.L. Crossley | Welland Centennial

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Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Energy SHSM

This innovative program prepares students for entry into the field of energy – generation, consumption, and conservation – and highlights the environmental, economic, and societal impacts of each. Students will engage with community partners in this sector through related co-op placements, field trips, and guest speaking events. They will also learn about various skilled trades and broader concepts in the fields of engineering, science, and architecture, with opportunities to work collaboratively and propose design and build projects that solve real-world problems.

What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas, and chemical processing 
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 
  • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades, and telecommunications occupations 
  • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades, and related occupations 
  • Electrical mechanics 
  • Electrical power line and cable workers 
  • Gas fitters 
  • Glaziers 
  • Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics 
  • Industrial electricians 
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 
  • Insulators 
  • Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists 
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 
  • Plumbers 
  • Power system electricians 
  • Power engineers and power systems operators 
  • Steamfitters, pipefitters, and sprinkler system installers 


  • Biological technologists and technicians 
  • Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas, and chemical processing 
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system) 
  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians 
  • Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians 
  • Land surveyors 
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 
  • Supervisors, petroleum, gas, and chemical processing and utilities 
  • Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology 
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 
  • Utilities managers 


  • Architects 
  • Chemical engineers 
  • Economist and economic policy researchers and analysts 
  • Electrical and electronics engineers 
  • Engineering managers 
  • Geological engineers 
  • Mechanical engineers 
  • Meteorologists and climatologists 
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 
  • Petroleum engineers 
  • Physicists and astronomers 

Work Experience

  • Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus, and equipment manufacturing 
  • Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers 
  • Chemical plant machine operators 
  • Chemical technologists and technicians 
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 
  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers 
  • Construction inspectors 
  • Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety 
  • Oil and gas well drilling workers and services operators 
  • Power engineers and power systems operators 
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers 
  • Retail salespersons 
  • Waterworks and gas maintenance workers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Energy:


  • Exploring Technologies (TIJ 1O): This Grade 9 course is recommended for all students following SHSM pathways that have a technological education focus. The course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of technologies, including agriculture technology, by engaging in activities related to them.
  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • A Grade 10 course in technological education or business studies: These courses are recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Energy program. They provide students with opportunities to explore areas of study relevant to the energy sector, identify personal interests and aptitudes, and gain a better understanding of the program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


1.     A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • one in Science, Business Studies, or Canadian and World Studies
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!