Transportation is essential to our everyday life. Different modes of transportation include air, rail, road, water, cable, pipeline and space, which provide many career options for those interested in the field.  Everything from transportation logistics (which includes Logistics Engineers, Analyst, Inventory and Supply Chain Managers) to aerospace technology, are included in this sector.

Other careers like Auto Service Technicians, Autobody Repair Technicians, Heavy Equipment Technician, and Truck & Coach Technicians dominate this field, along with Civil, Mechanical and Transportation Engineers.

The Transportation SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the transportation 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 or the workplace.

This major is offered at :

Monsignor Doyle | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | 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
    • 4 Compulsory, 3 Elective
    • Examples include: Health & Safety, Environmental Spills, Ozone Depletion, Electrical Safety, Lockout/Tagging, Air Brakes, CAD/CAM Software training, WHMIS, Standard First Aid & CPR‐C, and more!
    • View all Certification & Training topics for Transportation 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 Transportation Co-op Placements:
      Mechanical Shops, Collision and Transportation, Fleet & Freight Services, Engineering and Automation Companies across various industries
  • Aircraft Service Technician
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Automotive Painter
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Transmission Technician
  • Truck & Coach Technician


  • Air Pilot
  • Industrial Designer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Navigation Officer – Water Transport
  • Quality Control Assembly Inspector
  • Supervisors, Motor Transport and Other Ground Transit Operators


  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Urban Planner


  • Aircraft Assembler & Inspector
  • Airport Attendant
  • Automobile Salesperson
  • Boat Operator
  • Bus Driver/Subway Operator
  • Car Lott Attendant
  • Delivery & Courier Service Drivers
  • Railway Track Maintenance Worker
  • Service Station Attendant
  • Tire Repairer

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.