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The Specialist High Skills Major in Energy

 

EnergyA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Energy sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from power generation and distribution, to the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Energy possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

 

The Energy 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 Energy industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

The Energy 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 Energy 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 1
Mathematics (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Business, Science or Canadian / World Studies (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

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.

 

Three Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED  Standard First Aid  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Three Elective Certifications
Alternative Energy  Basic Electrical Safety  Compass / Map / GPS  CAD / CAM 
Confined Space Awareness  Customer Service  Elevated Work Platforms  Energy Efficiency 
Ergonomics  Fire Extinguisher Use  GIS  Hazardous Materials 
Health and Safety – Basic  Hoisting and Rigging  Leadership Skills  Lockout / Tagout 
Personal Protective Equipment – Energy  Pipeline Construction Safety  Radiation Safety  Renewable Energy 
Sector-Specific Vehicle Operation and Safety  Trenching Safety  Watershed Management  Working at Heights 

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

 

Apprenticeship College
Electrician
Electrical Power Line and Cable Worker
Gas Fitter
Industrial Instrument Technician
Industrial Millwright
Machinist
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Stationary Engineer
Steamfitter or Pipefitter  
Civil Engineering Technologist
Energuide and Quality Control Manager
Geological and MineralTechnologist
Geothermal System Designer / Installer
Industrial Engineering Technician
Land Surveyor
Petroleum / Gas / Chemical Process Operator
Utilities Manager  
University Workplace
Chemical Engineer
Climatologist
Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Environmental Assessor
Geological Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Petroleum Engineer  
Electronic Service Technician
Gas Maintenance Worker
Home Energy Evaluator
Oil and Gas Well Drilling Worker
Renewable Energy Product Salesperson
Solar Panel Chemical Process Technician
Transformer and Electrical Appliance Tester
Wind Turbine Material Controller  

 

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