D. Professional Practice and Career Opportunities

OVERALL EXPECTATIONS
By the end of this course, students will:
  • D1. Follow safe practices and procedures when using materials, tools, and equipment;
  • D2. Identify careers in various technological fields, and describe the educational requirements for them.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

D1. Health and Safety

By the end of this course, students will:
  • D1.1 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, safety glasses or goggles, hardhat, hearing protection, respirator mask);
  • D1.2 Use the safety features of tools and equipment (e.g., bandsaw guard, stock guides, tire balancer cover) appropriately;
  • D1.3 Follow proper shop practices, which help protect the safety of workers (e.g., keep work area clean and organized, avoid horseplay);
  • D1.4 Use appropriate aids (e.g., push stick, featherboard, soldering iron holder) to minimize the risk of injury;
  • D1.5 Use appropriate strategies to prevent health problems (e.g., follow proper sanitation and sterilization practices; ensure proper ventilation; use proper lifting techniques; follow Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System [WHMIS] and Material Safety Data Sheet [MSDS] guidelines).

D2. Career Opportunities

By the end of this course, students will:
  • D2.1 Describe secondary and postsecondary education pathways (i.e., selection of courses, programs, experiential learning opportunities, and other learning opportunities at the secondary and postsecondary levels, including apprenticeship training, certificate programs, college programs, and/or university programs) leading to a variety of careers in technological fields;
  • D2.2 Use various criteria to assess selected careers in technological fields (e.g., salary, job demand, working conditions, social trends);
  • D2.3 Identify groups and programs that are available to support students who are interested in pursuing non-traditional career choices in a technology industry (e.g., mentoring programs, virtual networking/support groups, specialized postsecondary programs, relevant trade/industry associations);
  • D2.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the Essential Skills that are important for success in the technology industries, as identified in the Ontario Skills Passport (e.g., reading text, writing, document use, computer use, oral communication, numeracy, thinking skills);
  • D2.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the work habits that are important for success in the technology industries, as identified in the Ontario Skills Passport (e.g., working safely, teamwork, reliability, organization, working independently, initiative, self-advocacy, customer service);
  • D2.6 Develop and/or select pieces of work and other materials that provide evidence of their skills and achievements in technology, for inclusion in a portfolio (e.g., Passport to Safety certificate, project photographs, sketches, drawings, skills checklist, work logs).