Manufacturing Specialist High Skills Major
The SHSM is a ministry approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. A SHSM enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals.
Each SHSM consists of five required components. Students must successfully complete all the required components in order to earn the SHSM designation on their diploma – a red seal embossed with the words “Specialist High Skills Major”. In addition, students receive a “SHSM Record” which outlines their achievement with respect to the following five components:
- A defined bundle of 8-10 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits
- Sector-recognized certifications and training courses/programs
- Experiential learning activities within the sector
- “Reach ahead” experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway
- Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, and use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) for purposes of documentation
SHSM – Manufacturing
Confederation’s Manufacturing SHSM focuses on skills that are used in the steel and related manufacturing industries, including welding with testing by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). Through the use of practical projects, students are exposed to current technology and develop organizational, team-work and problem-solving skills. During the course of this program, students are actively engaged in learning a variety of skills such as welding, computer numerical control (CNC), computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), metallurgy, sheet metal, and other manufacturing-related skills.
Courses required within the Manufacturing SHSM:
- Four major courses – determined by pathway of study (apprenticeship, college or workplace)
- Two to four additional required credits
- Two cooperative education credits
Any student choosing courses for Grade 11, who is interested in the Manufacturing SHSM, is advised to speak with his/her guidance counsellor