Energy is an emerging and expanding sector that encompasses all aspects of energy generation, distribution, and consumption, including research and development, design, construction, installation, and maintenance. Core industries in this sector include: renewable and alternative energy such as wind, solar, biomass, power generation and distribution, fossil fuels and energy efficiency.

Career opportunities in this sector are abundant because of the aging energy workforce and increasing public demand for greener power sources. In 2005, there were approximately 250,000 jobs in the energy sector. Industry Canada predicts that 13,000 jobs will be created in the renewable energy sector by 2012, including projected job growth of over 100 per cent in solar industries.

Students enrolled in the SHSM–Energy will be involved in today’s rapid and exciting changes in green energy technologies. They will have the opportunity to solve some of the most pressing issues facing modern societies while having good prospects for a varied career in a dynamic sector. Depending on local circumstances, the SHSM–Energy may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on power generation and distribution, renewable and alternative energy, or energy efficiency.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Arborist Biological Technologist and Technician
Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic Civil Engineering Technologist and Technician
Contractor and Supervisor, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations Energy Guide and Quality Control Manager
Contractor and Supervisor, Mechanical Trades Construction Electrician
Electrical Mechanic Geological and Mineral Technologist and Technician
Electrical Power Line and Cable Worker Geothermal Installer
Gas Fiiter Industrial Engineering Technician
Glazier Land Surveyor
Industrial Instrument Technician & Mechanic Mapping & Related Technologist & Technician
Industrial Electrician Mechanical Engineer & Technologist
Insulator (heat and frost) Natural & Applied Science Policy Researcher, Consultant, & Program Officer
Petroleum, Gas, & Chemical Process Operator Petroleum, Gas, & Chemical Process Operator
Power Systems Electrician Supervisor, Petroleum, Gas, & Chemical Processing & Utilities
Power Systems & Power Station Operator Technical Sales Specialist
Stationary Engineer & Auxiliary Equipment Operator Utilities Manager
Steamfitter, Pipefitter, & Sprinkler System Installer Geothermal System Designer 7213
University Workplace
Architects Assembler, Fabricator, Inspector and Tester: Motors, Transformers and Electrical Appliances
Chemical Engineer Electronic Service Technicians
Climatologist Gas Maintenance Workers
Economist and Economic Policy Researcher and Analyst Home Energy Evaluator
Electrical and Electronics Engineer Oil and Gas Well Drilling Worker and Services Operator
Engineering Manager Petroleum, Gas, and Chemical Process Operator
Environmental Assessor Renewable Energy Products Salesperson
Geological Engineer Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer
Mechanical Engineer Solar Panel Chemical Process Technician
Petroleum Engineer Wind Turbine Material Controller
Did You Know?

In 2010, the GDP of Canada’s energy sector – i.e. industries involved in the production, transformation and transportation of energy – reached $84.3 billion (in 2002 constant dollars), accounting for 6.8 percent of Canadian GDP. The oil and gas extraction industry accounted for about half of this amount, while the electric power industry accounted for about one third.

- National Resources Canada, 2011

Required Components for the Energy Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four energy major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics and business studies or science or Canadian & world studies
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (five compulsory and a choice of two electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Energy Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Standard First-Aid automated external defibrillation (AED)
Three electives from the list below
Computer Hardware Counterfeit Detection Customer Service Digital Lighting
Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Confined Space Awareness Ergonomics Extinguishing Fires
Fall Protection Geographic Information System (GIS) Global Positioning System (GPS) Hazardous Materials
Health and Safety – Basic Hoisting and Rigging Lift Truck Safety Lockout/Tgging
Personal Protective Equipment – Energy Pipeline Construction Safety Radiation Safety Trenching Safety

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Energy Major (may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education credit) 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Business Studies or Canadian & World Studies or Science or Additional Cooperative Education Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.