Automobiles, wood products, petroleum and coal products, iron and steel mills, primary metals and fabricated metal products, electricity, plastics and rubber products, printing, biotechnology, textiles, clothing, and leather products are all aspects of the manufacturing sector. In Ontario, the manufacturing sector still accounts for the greatest number of jobs with its production of consumer and industrial goods that are essential for the province’s prosperity. Although the manufacturing sector remains a powerhouse in our economy, contributing 15 per cent of gross domestic product in 2007, the sector is undergoing fundamental change.

The manufacturing industry is committed to addressing skills development, labour market, and human resource issues across the various sectors within Canadian manufacturing. This will provide new employment opportunities for students choosing to pursue a career in this sector.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Die Designer Buyer
Electrician Chemical Production Engineering Technologist
Electrician, Plant Maintenance Design and Drafting Technologist
Industrial Instrument Mechanic Electronics Engineering Technologist and Technician
Millwright – Industrial Industrial Engineering Technologist and Technician
Mould Maker Instrumentation and Control Technologist and Technician
Precision Machinist Inventory Analyst
Precision Metal Fabricator Manufacturing Technician/Technologist
Roll Grinder/Turner Materials Supervisor/Material Control Manager
Tool and Cutter Grinder Mechanical Engineer & Technologist
Tool and Die Maker Photonics Technologist and Technician
Welder Production and Quality Control Technologist
Welder Fitter Stationary Engineer
University Workplace
Chemical Engineer Foundry Worker
Electrical Engineer Inventory Clerk
Engineer, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Labourer, Material Handling
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer Machine Operator, Metal Machining
Mechanical Engineer Oil and Gas Well Drilling Worker and Services Operator
Engineering Manager Motor Vehicle Assembler
Metallurgical Engineer Solderer
Production Engineer
Did You Know?

Accounting for approximately $173 billion of our GDP, manufacturing represents more than 10 percent of Canada's total GDP. What is more, manufacturers export more than $318 billion each year, representing 61 percent of all of Canada's merchandise exports.

- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 2016

Required Components for the Manufacturing Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four manufacturing major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics and a choice of business studies or science
    • 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

Manufacturing Pathways Charts

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Three Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Three electives from the list below
Basic electrical safety Basic Safety Orientation (BSO Plus) Canadian Welding Bureau CWB> - flat Computer-aided deesign and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
Confined space awareness Customer service Elevated work platforms Fall protection
Fire safety and fire extinguisher use Handling dangerous substances Health and safety - basic Hoisting and rigging
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Leadership skills Lean Manufacturing Lockout/tagging
Personal protective equipment – manufacturing Portfolio development Project mangagement Propane Safety
Safe lifting Scaffold safety Sector-specific vehicle operation and safety Sector-specific hardware 1
Specialized skills training program/competition (e.g., Skills Canada provincial level) Transportation of dangerous goods Working at Heights

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
Manufacturing Major (may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education credit) 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 2 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Science or Additional Cooperative Education Credits 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. N/A
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.

* Complete a minimum of one assignment (~ 6-10 hrs. of work) geared towards manufacturing in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics and science.