The Construction SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.
The Construction SHSM has the following 5 required components:
- A bundle of 10 courses — Grade 11 & Grade 12 credits
- 4 construction major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills
- (For an extensive list of the Construction SHSM major credit courses, please see the attached document:Construction course list
- four other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and science or business studies, in which some expectations are met through learning activities contextualized to the construction sector
- 2 Co-operative Education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills.
- The Construction SHSM requires students to complete 8 sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs. Of these, six are compulsory and the remaining two are electives that must be chosen from the list in the following table.
Six Compulsory Certifications
|Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A
& Standard First Aid
|Working at Heights||WHMIS Training||Health & Safety Basic Awareness||ICE – Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship|
Two Elective Certifications
|Chainsaw Safety||Confined Space Awareness||Electrical Safety||Elevated Work Platforms|
|Energy Efficiency Training||Hoisting & Rigging||Insulated Concrete Forming||Lift Truck safety|
|Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)||Powder-actuated Tools||Propane in Construction||Scaffold Safety|
|Suspended Access Equipment||Traffic Control||Trenching Safety|
Reach Ahead Experiences
Students will be provided one or more reach ahead experience when they participate in the Construction SHSM. These may include: Field trips to Mohawk College, Ontario Skills competition, & The Carpenter – Local 18 Union Hall.
Construction SHSM Partners
Saltfleet’s Construction SHSM program is sponsored by the following community partners: Home Depot, DeWalt, Mohawk College & Habitat for Humanity – Hamilton. Many of the students who enjoy the Construction SHSM program consider taking a Dual Credit program in carpentry at Mohawk College where students can earn both a high school credit toward their OSSD as well as a college level credit.
Experiential Learning (Co-op)
All Construction SHSM students MUST complete a minimum 2 credit Co-operative Education program as part of the SHSM requirement. Please note that at some construction placements it is recommended that the students participate all day in a 4 credit Co-op program to gain more hands-on experience. Students can complete their Co-op portion of the SHSM in the following types of placements:
Home building, framing, plumbing, electrical, stone masonry, cabinetmaking, HVAC , renovations, cement & concrete, just to name a few.
Students will be considered an OYAP student when they perform their Co-op as long as the trade is an apprenticible trade. Therefore students may be signed as an apprentice near the completion of their Co-op placement.
The following table provides examples of occupations in the construction sector according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.
|Brick & Stone Mason
Heating & Air Conditioning Contractor
Painter & Decorator
|Architectural Design Technician / Technologist
Civil Engineering Technologist
Contractor & Supervisor
Residential Home Builder & Renovator
Construction Trades Labourer
Why Should I Consider the Construction SHSM?
The Construction industry is one of the largest employers in Canada. There are four categories of work in the construction industry. Each requires the use of different equipment and workers with a variety of skills. Depending on the career chosen, high school graduates could work in any or all of these categories:
- New home building and renovation, including building, remodelling, or renovating houses and apartment buildings.
- Heavy industrial construction, including building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical, or power plants, refineries, oil-sands installations.
- Institutional and commercial construction, including building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators, and swimming pools.
- Civil engineering construction, including engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges.