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The Specialist High Skills Major in Construction

 

Construction SHSMA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Construction sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from carpentry and civil engineering, to plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical installations. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Construction possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

 

The Construction Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Construction industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

The Construction SHSM Program consists of five required components:

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Construction sector.  

 

Credits Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12) College (Grades 11-12) University (Grades 11-12) Workplace (Grades 11-12)
Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit   4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
English (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 2
One credit must be in Grade 12
Mathematics (Including a CLA) 2
One credit must be in Grade 12
2
One credit must be in Grade 12
2
One credit must be in Grade 12
1
Business or Science (Including a CLA)   1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
Co-Operative Education 2 2 2 2

2. Certification and Training

Five Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED  Health and Safety - Basic Standard First Aid  Working at Heights Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Two Elective Certifications
Basic Electrical Safety  Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) – Flat  Chainsaw Safety  Confined Space Awareness 
Customer Service  Elevated Work Platforms  Energy Efficiency Training  Fire Extinguisher Use 
Hoisting and Rigging  Insulated Concrete Forming  Land Surveying Basics  Leadership Skills 
Lockout / Tagout  Personal Protective Equipment – Construction  Powder-Actuated Tools  Propane In Construction 
Scaffold Safety  Sector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety  Specialized Skills Training Program / Competition  Suspended Access Equipment 
Traffic Control  Trenching Safety     

3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans. 

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits

Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport. 

SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  

Career Pathways

The Construction SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:

 

Apprenticeship College
Brick and Stone Mason
Carpenter
Electrician
Heating and Cooling Contractor
Millwright
Plumber
Roofer  
Architectural Design Technician
Civil Engineering Technologist
Construction Estimator / Manager
Home Inspector
Interior Designer
Residential Home Builder or Renovator  
University Workplace
Architect
Electrical Engineer
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineer
Structural Engineer
Carpenter Assistant
Concrete Finisher
Construction Labourer
Demolition Worker
Drywall Installer

 

For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm