Do you like tinkering with your bike or sled? Do you prefer to learn by working with your hands? Do you want a fulfilling career in a sector that is not only in high demand, but also a sector where the demand continues to grow? If you said “yes” to any or all of these questions, then the trades are well suited to your strengths.
This course is an introductory Grade 9 course. In this course, you will learn essential life skills in the technology area, and be introduced to AutoCAD, wood working, manufacturing and automotive technologies.
Students will apply the Design Process to a variety of projects. The planning part of the process will involve heavy use of Autodesk AutoCAD, used to draft fully labelled sets of blueprints from multiple views. Scaled-down prototypes will then be built using various materials, such as wood, cardboard, and metal. Sample projects have included 1/16th scale 8×10 sheds, 1/50th scale trebuchets and catapults, and weight-tested model truss bridges. Students have also created cardboard RC cars from scratch using arduinos, motors and several other electrical components.
Transportation affects our lives in a multitude of ways. Transportation systems move raw materials to manufacturers and finished products to consumers locally, nationally, and globally. Individuals use transportation systems every day for business, work, and pleasure.
Transportation technology courses provide students with opportunities to understand transportation systems from the perspective of either the consumer or the service provider. The range of courses enables students to study both vehicle ownership and vehicle maintenance, and to develop skills and prepare for careers in the servicing and repair of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. In addition, students will develop the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in the transportation industry.
Construction technology has always played a central role in society. It is a multifaceted industry in which projects can result in products, systems, processes, or services and encompass various aspects of production, repair, and maintenance. In construction technology courses, students will learn about designing, constructing, and maintaining a variety of buildings and structures, and will gain experience with the tools, equipment, and processes commonly used in the field. Students will also learn about health and safety standards in the construction industry, building codes and regulations, and employment opportunities and careers in the various sectors of the industry, including electricity, carpentry, masonry, heating and cooling, and plumbing.
Manufacturing is the transformation of materials into products to meet human needs and wants. Manufacturing technology courses provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of mechanical engineering, robotics and control systems, computer-aided manufacturing, industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding, and sheet metal. Students will use a broad range of tools and equipment while acquiring engineering, fabrication, and problem-solving skills through the design and fabrication of various projects. Manufacturing courses will also help students understand the effects of manufacturing technology on the environment and society. Manufacturing courses are designed for students heading to an apprenticeship, to college or university, or directly to the workplace in their pursuit of careers such as trades person, technician, technologist, engineer, or any of the skilled entry positions
These Grade 11 and 12 courses are part of a Specialist High Skills Major program. They examine communications technology from a media perspective. Students will develop knowledge and skills as they design and produce media projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. These areas may include TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media.
This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and landscaping. Students will study the identification, growth, and management of plants and animals and develop process, design, and management skills required in the green industries. Students will also examine social and economic issues related to the green industries, learn about safe and healthy working practices, study industry standards and codes, and will explore postsecondary education programs and career opportunities.