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 transportation major can help you focus on a future career.

A Specialist High Skills Major in transportation 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 transportation
  • experience working in the sector you’re interested in, while you’re still in high school
  • recognition on your high school diploma

The transportation major includes the following five components:

  1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and 12 credits that comprise of:
    • four transportation major credits
    • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and science or business studies
    • two co-operative education credits tied to the sector
  2. Earn sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (four compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  4. Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  5. Completion of a Sector-Partner Experience (SPE)

Sector-recognized certification and training

As part of the transportation major, you will earn seven certifications, including the following four that are compulsory:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A
  • health and safety – basic
  • generic instruction about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • standard first aid

Future career paths for transportation majors

For transportation majors, possible careers include:

  • apprenticeship – auto body repairer, automotive service technician, motorcycle technician, truck and coach technician
  • college – automobile production manager, industrial designer, small engine mechanic, transportation manager
  • university – aerospace engineer, automotive engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer
  • entry level workplace- aircraft assembler, airline sales and service agent, bus driver, transit operator, small business manager

Get more information

Call the guidance department at the following schools that offer the program:

Eastwood Collegiate Institute 
Grand River Collegiate Institute

Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Southwood Secondary School