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Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Manufacturing SHSM

Students with a desire to conceptualize, craft, and create will flourish in this comprehensive program! By learning about skilled trades and areas like engineering, robotics, programming, coding, millwrighting, machining, welding and more, students will gain greater understanding of career possibilities in this sector. Joining a sector-related environment will expose students to real world experiences, such as reading blueprints, working to close tolerances, and participating in engineering, robotics, and automation projects.


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

  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system) 
  • Industrial electricians 
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 
  • Precision structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters 
  • Tool and die makers 
  • Welders and related machine operators 


  • Chemical technologists and technicians 
  • Drafting technologists and technicians 
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians 
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Other administrative services managers 
  • Purchasing agents and officers 
  • Purchasing and inventory control workers 
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 


  • Chemical engineers 
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 
  • Electrical and electronics engineers 
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers 
  • Mechanical engineers 
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers 

Work Experience

  • Foundry workers 
  • Machining tool operators 
  • Material handlers 
  • Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors, and testers 
  • Purchasing and inventory control workers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

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


  • 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.
  • Manufacturing Technology (TMJ2O): This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Manufacturing 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
  • 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?

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