SHSM Trades Description

According to the Ontario Labour, Training and Skills Development Council, the construction, automotive and manufacturing industries make up Ontario’s largest employers. The Construction Sector Council has created a province-by-province, trade-by-trade labour market forecast for the next nine years. In Ontario, it is estimated that 60,000 workers will be required to replace those retiring, who will take essential technical, supervisory and management skills with them.

The SHSM–Trades enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. The SHSM at CVDCS is designed to have a variety of focuses – for example, construction (woodworking), cabinet and furniture manufacturing, transportation, automotive, heavy-duty equipment, and manufacturing (welding).

Occupations in the Trades

There are various sector-specific post-secondary opportunities for graduates of the Trades SHSM. Examples include but are not limited to

  • Apprenticeship: Brick and Stone Mason, Carpenter, Construction Millwright, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor, Painter and Decorator, Plumber, Roofer, Alignment and Brakes Technician, Auto Body Repair, Automotive Service Technician, Motorcycle Technician, Parts Technician, Small Engine Mechanic, Transmission Technician, Truck and Transport Vehicle Mechanic, Precision Machinist, Welder
  • College: Architectural Design Technician/Technologist, Civil Engineering Technologist, Construction Estimator, Construction Manager, Construction Technologist, Home Inspector, Interior Designer, Residential Home Builder or Renovator, Industrial Engineering Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technologist,  Instrumentation, Stationary Engineer, 
  • University: Architect, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Urban Planner
  • Workplace: Carpenter Helper, Concrete Finisher, Construction Trades Helper and Labourer, Demolition Worker, Drywall Installer, Home Renovator, Automobile Sales Person, Automotive Mechanical Installers and Servicers, Bus Driver, Car Lot Attendant, Service Station Attendant, Delivery and Courier Service Drivers, Tire Repairer, Inventory Clerk, Motor Vehicle Assembler


Trades SHSM Requirements

Students earn the following sector-specific certifications as a part of the Trades SHSM requirements.

  • Five Required Certifications: CPR Level A, Standard First Aid, WHMIS, fall protection, basic health and safety
  • Two of the following Elective Certifications: personal protective equipment, confined space awareness lift truck safety, scaffold safety, elevated work platforms, basic electrical safety, AED awareness, lockout/tagging, 

Students follow a course of study made up of a bundle of credits in their grade 11 and grade 12 years.

Grade 11 Grade 12
Trades Specific Courses  (e.g.Construction Technology (wood shop), Custom Woodworking (cabinet and furniture making), Transportation Technology (auto shop), Manufacturing Technology (welding shop)) 2 2
English 1
Mathematics 1 1
Business Studies or Science 1
Cooperative Education

(may be summer coop)

Total 10