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
  • Development of Essential Skills and work habits are required in the sector, and documentation of them using OSP

Transportation Pathways ChartBundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
4 Major Credits Required, A Minimum of 1 Gr. 11 and 1 Gr. 12 Credit, (May Include 1 Coop Credit) BDI3C, ICS3C, TCJ3E, TMJ3C, TMW3E, TTA3C, TTH3C ICS4C, SPH4C, TCJ4E, TMJ4C, TMW4E, TTA4C, TTH4C BDI3C, ICS3C, TDJ3M, TMJ3C, TMJ3M, TTA3C, TTH3C ICS4C, SPH4C, TDJ4M, TMJ4C, TMJ4M, TTA4C, TTH4C CS3U, SPH3U, TDJ3M, TMJ3M ICS4U, SPH4U, TDJ4M, TMJ4M TCJ3E, TMW3E TCJ4E, TMW4E
English 1 Credit 1 English 1 English 1 English 1 English
Math 1 Credit 1 Math 1 Math 1 Math 1 Math
Gr.11 or Gr.12 Social Sciences and Humanities or Science or Additional Coop Credit BDI3C, BMI3C, SBI3C, SVN3E SCH4C, SPH4C BAF3M, BDI3C, BMI3C, SBI3C, SPH4C BOH4M, SCH4C, SPH4C BAF3M, SBI3U, SCH3U, SPH3U BOH4M, SBI4U, SCH4U, SPH4U SVN3E
Co-op 2 credits 2 Credit Co-op Tied to SHSM Sector 2 Credit Co-op Tied to SHSM Sector 2 Credit Co-op Tied to SHSM Sector 2 Credit Co-op Tied to SHSM Sector
Certifications Certifications - Compulsory (4)
Standard First Aid, CPR, WHMIS
Certifications - Electives (3)
Customer Service, Fall Protection, Lift Truck Safety, Lockout/Tagging, Ozone Depletion, CAD/CAM

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmponarr Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Health & Safety - Basic Standard First-Aid
Three electives from the list below
Air Brake All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Computer-Aided Design & Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Customer Service
Dare to Care - Vehicle Sales & Service Drive Clean Environmental Spill Ergonomics
Fall Protection Filling Propane & Motor Tanks Fire Extinguisher Use Lift Truck Safety
Lockout/Tagging Original Equipment Manufacturer's Training Ozone Depletion Pleaser Craft Operator
Vehicle Lift Saftey

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.