Career Pathways

Skilled Trades

This path includes occupations that require hands-on work and specialty knowledge and training such as auto inspection, repair, replacement and service of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components.

Computer Aided Design CAD software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
National Instruments LabVIEW
Microsoft Office
Autodesk Inventor
Diesel engines and motors
Power tools
Electrical systems
EV battery replacement
Electronic design software
Operating system software
Digital diagnostic systems
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Operational maintenance
Intelligent condition monitoring
Remote maintenance via mobile devices

Critical Thinking
Active Listening
Operation Monitoring
Reading Comprehension
Service Orientation
Quality Control Analysis
Time Management

Courses and Certificates

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Algonquin College
Welding and Fabrication Techniques
Computer Aided Design and Drafting (formerly AutoCAD)
Auto Body Repairer (Apprenticeship)
Automotive Service Technician (Apprenticeship)
Automotive Service Technician (GM-ASEP) (Apprenticeship)
Electrician (Construction and Maintenance) (Apprenticeship)
Trades Entrepreneurship
Trades Leadership
Trades Management
Truck and Coach Technician (Apprenticeship)
Canadore College

Mechanical Techniques – Machinist
Risk Mitigation
Fundamentals of CAD
Introduction to Project Management
Project Leadership
Mechanical Techniques – Welder-Fitter
Project Management
Project Management – Information Technology
Fundamentals of Operating Systems

Confederation College

Mechanical Techniques
Pre-Technology – Trades Stream
Welding Techniques

Georgian College

Welding Techniques
Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic
Critical Thinking in Practice
Quality Management
Intro to Project Management

Loyalist College
Welding Techniques
Mechanical Techniques
Mohawk College

Mechanical Techniques (Welding and Fabrication)
Industrial Electrician
Mechanical Techniques (Electrical Monitoring and Systems)
Mechanical Techniques (Advanced Manufacturing Operations)

Niagara College

Industrial Automation
Welding Techniques
Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship
Electrical Techniques

Northern College

Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright
Pre-Technology Certificate
Welding Design – International

Sault College

Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance (Millwright)
Mechanical Techniques – Millwright (Fort Frances)
Project Management (Part Time Continuing Education)
Welding Techniques
Welding Techniques (Fort Frances)
Motive Power Fundamentals – Heavy Equipment and Truck Repair
Motive Power Fundamentals – Automotive Repair

Sheridan College

Welding and Fabrication Techniques
Welder Trade Certification Program

St. Clair College

Welding Techniques
Machine Operators

Stanford International College

Welder Training (FT, PT)

LJP Skills Training

General Welding Skills
Pipe Welding
Pipe Welding for Welders
Professional Pipe Welding Plus

Vector Institute

AI Certificate Courses


Communication and Leadership Courses

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST)

Computer skills
Enhanced Language Training for Internationally Trained Professionals

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

Lean Manufacturing Courses
Safety Courses

Information systems testing technicians
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
PLC Programmer

Government of Canada Job Bank

Employer Resources


Co-operative Education Tax Credit

Refundable tax credit for businesses that employ post-secondary students enrolled in a qualifying co-operative program.


Employment Insurance Work-sharing Program

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.


OVIN Talent Edge

OVIN Talent Edge provides subsidies for SMEs to acquire talent


Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)

The program provides wage subsidies to employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.


Discover Ability Network (OCC)

Discover Ability is a free online portal and resource that connects Ontario businesses directly to people with disabilities. The online portal connects employers directly with persons with disabilities seeking employment, includes a 6-step guide acts as a great resource for employers, and provides answers to any questions employers may have when hiring—and retaining—employees with disabilities.


Employment Ontario – Employment Services Network

Information about training programs, wage incentives and other recruitment support is provided at the Employment Ontario Network website. These organizations facilitate apprenticeships by providing signing and completion incentives.


Canada Ontario Jobs Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant will fund, 5/6 of a worker’s eligible training costs, to a maximum of $10,000/per employee for employers with less than 100 employees. For larger employers with 100 or more employees, funding is set at 50% up to $10k per trainee.


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP)

School-to-work transition program available to students in Grades 11 and 12. Students earn cooperative education credits through work placements in skilled trades. Screening and hiring at no cost to employer.


Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Employers can receive:


Temporary Foreign Worker Program/Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

For employers who have been unable to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents for job openings, the TFWP makes it possible to hire workers from abroad. Employers might also find a qualified foreign worker already in Canada, such as a foreign worker who is about to complete a job contract with another employer or a foreign national holding an open work permit that allows the employee to work for any employer in Canada.


WIL Digital Subsidy

ICTC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students in ICT.


Career Ready

The Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) and Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA) offers a program to help close the skilled trades gap in the Machine, Tool, Die & Mould (MTDM) sector, in support of the auto manufacturing industry.


Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — Youth Employment Program

Provides Funding to hire students


Mitacs Accelerate

Supports employers access top-ranked research talent


Ontario Job Creation Partnerships

Work experience program for unemployed job seekers in Ontario


GO Talent

Connect with international IT professionals immigrating to Canada


The Vector Digital Talent Hub

Connects employers with talent in machine learning


Guide for Mentoring Students

Guide for federal public service departments and agencies to mentoring students


Manufacturing Recovery Support Program

Sessions focused on overcoming the impacts of the pandemic on the industry


Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning

Connects employers/community partners to talent pipelines to create a future-ready workforce


Becoming a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion Readiness Scale


Equity in the Workplace

Reference tools, learning materials and short videos to support employers in building a diverse workforce


Leadership Accord on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions, associations and governments to promote workforce diversity within their organisations


From Disability to Inclusion

Resource Kit for Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities (focused on electricity sector but can be used for reference)


Advancing Gender Equality

Webinar series on advancing gender equality in the workplace


NEADS – Funding to Accommodate Employees with Disabilities

List of links to information on federal and provincial funds designed to help prepare individuals with disabilities for the workforce


Hire an Apprentice

How to take on an apprentice and how it benefits you as an employer


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