Transportation is an important feature in the daily lives of many Canadians, and becomes increasingly important as the country experiences both economic and population growth. It connects communities, contributes to the flow of people and goods, and is key to the success of the Canadian economy (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2012).

The SHSM–Transportation provides students with a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers in the transportation sector, from those focusing on the service, repair, and modification of vehicles and vehicle systems to those related to the organization and management of transportation services and mass-transit systems. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus. Where a choice of focus areas is offered, students may select one (Ministry of Education, 2010).

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Alignment & Brakes Technician Air Pilot
Auto Body Repairer Industrial Designer
Automotive Painter – Motor Vehicle Repair Industrial Engineering Technician
Automotive Service Technician Marine Engine Technician
Marine Engine Mechanic Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Motorcycle Technician Navigation Officer – Water Transport
Parts Technician Quality Control Assembly Inspector Automotive/Marine Engines
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Supervisors, Motor Transport & Other Ground Transit Operators
Small Engine Mechanic
Transmission Technician
Truck & Coach Technician
Truck & Transport Vehicle Mechanic
University Workplace
Aerospace Engineer Aircraft Assembler & Aircraft Assembly Inspector
Automotive Engineer Airport Ramp Attendant
Industrial Engineer Automobile Salesperson
Urban Planner Automotive Mechanical Installers & Servicers
Boat Assembler & Inspector
Boat Operator
Bus Driver, Subway Operator & Other Transit Operator
Car Lot Attendant
Delivery & Courier Service Drivers
Heavy Equipment Operators (except crane)
Railway Track Maintenance Worker
Service Station Attendant
Tire Repair
Did You Know?

According to the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council (CARS)nearly one third of the motive power and service sector workforce is aged 45 and older.

- CARS, 2009

Required Components for the Transportation Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four transportation 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
  • Seven 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

Transportation Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defibrillator (AED) Health & Safety - Basic Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Three electives from the list below
Air brakes Basic electrical safety Computer-Aided Design & Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Customer service
Drive Clean Environmental spills Ergonomics Fall protection
Filling propane and motor fuel tanks Fire safety and fire extinguisher use Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Introduction to logistics
Ladder safety training Leadership skills Lockout/tagging Original equipment manufacturer's training
Ozone-depletion prevention Pleasure Craft Operator Portfolio development Project management
Sector-specific regulations and legislation Sector-specific operation and safety Specialized skills training program/competition (e.g., Skills Canada provincial level) Vehicle lift safety
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
Transportation 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 Science or Social Sciences & Humanities 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.

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