Our community is home to more than 1,850 manufacturing companies in such diverse sectors as automotive, aerospace, robotics, food processing, plastics and fabricated metals. Manufacturing is the largest industry in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Area, with over 49,300 people working in manufacturing sector. Our region is currently the fourth largest manufacturing centre in Canada by percentage of manufacturing employees, with over 17.5 per cent of residents working in that sector.

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights, Programmers and Welders are all in-demand careers.

The Manufacturing SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Health and Wellness sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

This major is offered at :

Monsignor Doyle | St. Benedict | St. Mary’s

Required Components : 


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
    • Seven certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry
    • 3 Compulsory, 3 Elective
    • Examples include: Working at Heights, Health & Safety, Electrical Safety, Lockout/Tagging, Confined Space Awareness, CAD/CAM Software Training, WHMIS, Standard First Aid & CPR‐C, and more!
    • View all Certification & Training topics for Manufacturing SHSM Here


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits which students earn:


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Manufacturing Co-op Placements:
      Tool and Machining Plants, Fabricating, Iron and Metal Work Organizations, Engineering atn Automation Companies across various industries.
  • Die Designer
  • Electrician
  • Millwright – Industrial
  • Mould Maker
  • Precision Machinist & Fabricator
  • Tool and Cutter Grinder
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Welder
  • Welder Fitter
  • Buyer
  • Chemical Production Engineering Technologist
  • Design and Drafting Technologist
  • Electronics Engineering Technologist and Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist and Technician
  • Instrumentation and Control Technologist and Technician
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Manufacturing Technician/Technologist
  • Materials Supervisor/Material Control Manager
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Photonics Technologist and Technician
  • Production and Quality Control Technologist
  • Technical Sales Specialist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineer, Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Laborer, Material Handling
  • Machine Operator, Metal Machining
  • Motor Vehicle Assembler
  • Solderer

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.