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Get a jump-start on your career​
A Specialist High Skills Major allows you to focus on a career area that interests you while you earn your high school diploma. No matter what education you plan to pursue after high school—apprenticeship, college, university or workplace training—a manufacturing major can help you focus on a future career.  Brochure

Profile of the manufacturing sector​
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.

A Specialist High Skills Major in manufacturing offers:​
  • high school courses in grade 11 and 12 tailored to the career you want to pursue
  • the chance to work with industry leaders and experience cutting-edge training in manufacturing
  • experience working in the sector you're interested in, while you're still in high school
  • industry certification
  • recognition on your high school diploma
The manufacturing major includes the following components:​
In the manufacturing major, you will take nine credits in grade 11 and 12:
  • four manufacturing major credits
  • one or two English credits, one math credit and one science credit, each with units focused on manufacturing
  • two co-operative education credits to gain workplace experience that helps you refine, extend and practice your knowledge and skills
  • experiential learning, career exploration and reach-ahead activities in manufacturing
  • certifications and training programs in first aid, CPR and hazardous materials
  • essential skills and work habits required in manufacturing
Sector-recognized certification and training​
As part of the manufacturing major, you will earn 6 certifications, including the following 3 that are compulsory:
  • standard first aid
  • CPR, level A
  • hazardous materials - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
Future career paths for manufacturing majors​
For manufacturing majors, possible careers include:
  • apprenticeship – precision machinist, tool and die maker, welder, electrician
  • college – design and drafting technologist, inventory analyst, stationary engineer
  • university – mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, metallurgical engineer
  • entry level workplace – machine operator, foundry worker, inventory clerk

for more information click here for the SHSM Programs in Peel District School Board

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