Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation (TMT)

Autobody (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced & Credentialed)

Each program consists of a number of single credit courses, each taking a varied amount of time to complete. There is some flexibility should students gain proficiency at an accelerated rate, and they can achieve extra credit with additional project work.

Autobody Introductory

Every portion of this course is outlined to ensure student success. Multi-faceted learning is used to reach every student in a way that best suits his or her learning styles.

Students work on one vehicle panel (hood, fender, and/or door). Instructors create physical heavy damage that students will repair during the course of the semester. Students will learn the following skills on this project:

  • Damage Analysis
  • Metal repair
  • Grinding/Sanding
  • Body filler
  • Primer
  • Custom paint stages of their choice
  • Wet-sand and polish for final.

Students will also learn the fundamentals of metal shaping by creating a tool box out of 20 Gauge sheet metal. Students will learn the following skills on this project:

  • Sheet metal layout
  • Measuring millimetres and in fractions
  • Metal shaping
  • Metal cutting
  • Hand tool usage
  • Power tool usage
  • Workplace Safety

Students will also learn the basics of MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding equipment and welding 20 Gauge sheet metal. Imagine welding pieces of paper stock together. Students will begin learning about doing customer work in the form of detailing services. Real cars get cleaned and washed using industry standard products and procedures.

Autobody Intermediate

Students at this level are more experienced in the use of tools and equipment at the centre and therefore are trained at a higher level with more complicated projects.

Students will learn more advanced repair techniques to prepare for work in customer service using the following skills:

  • Estimation
  • Damage analysis
  • Repair multiple panels at once rather than one panel
  • Prime/Refinish semi-independently
  • It is at this level that other projects highlight other important areas in auto body. Such as:
  • Plastic Bumpers
  • Custom panel fabrication
  • Frame straightening
  • Professional paint jobs
  • Potential entry level training for Provincial skills competition

After customer work has been completed, simple short repairs may be allowed on student vehicles.

Autobody Advanced

Customer work is the focus of the course. The course goes more into depth about structural integrity of automobiles, damage analysis, glass and heavy damage repair. At this level students take a complete car and repair it in a short amount of time.

Projects at this level include structural welding of automotive sheet metal, building replacement panels and custom paint jobs. After customer work has been completed, repairs to a student vehicle may be allowed.

Autobody Credentialed

Also known as the Auto Body Apprenticeship group. Teacher recommendation is required at this level as is a parent meeting. Expectations are significantly higher for this class because of professional nature of the work and the demands of first year exam. However, the current success rate in 2019 has been 100% as students have achieved the required levels to gain their first credential. Customer work is paramount along with direct instruction through post-secondary module and book work. Focus will be directed on the modules required for study and the skills that are expected with them. Students will prepare themselves for the writing of the first year auto body apprenticeship exam at an Alberta Industry and Training Centre.

Students in this course are motivated to perform work on vehicles as a career. Potential students must be highly motivated to take their learning to the next level as they are working through post-secondary material. Attendance in this class is watched closely as students will be performing as if they were working in a true shop environment. Students should be comfortable performing certain work tasks independently. Students will prepare themselves for the writing of the first year auto body apprenticeship exam. Solid study techniques and self-motivation are required.

Students will learn the following skills at this level:

  • Structural integrity
  • Damage analysis
  • Glass
  • Heavy damage repair
  • Structural welding
  • Metal shaping
  • Repairs to student vehicles or projects
  • Supported by post-secondary instruction
  • Training for provincial skills competition

Automotives (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced & Dual Credit)

Mechanics Introductory

The goal of this course is to make students knowledgeable and responsible car owners and allow them to be comfortable maintaining their own car. Students will have the opportunity to explore automotives and learn the tools of the trade while working through each of the 5 modules. The course begins with basic hand/air/power tool use and progresses into basic maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle. Students will get the chance to do tire work, oil changes, vehicle lifting, and hoisting. Students will also learn the inner workings of an engine including a complete engine dis-assembly and rebuild.

Mechanics Intermediate

This program will build on the fundamental knowledge from the intro course and assist students with the capacity to do some of their own work. This program starts with exterior vehicle care/detailing and then moving into more intricate systems of the vehicle including cooling system, brake system, ignition system, and exhaust. Students in this level will have the opportunity to work on customer vehicles, practical projects and potentially their own vehicles.

Mechanics Advanced

Students in advanced automotive will work through module theoretical work while performing more in-depth jobs within the shop. Students will begin to understand many of the major systems of the vehicle including brake, lubrication, suspension, cooling, and drivetrain. Students will be working on shop and customer vehicles under the supervision of the instructor(s). This program will also provide students with an opportunity to learn where the trade can take them and the necessary steps to explore post-secondary education and careers in the field.

Dual Credit Auto Service Technician Program

Engage in the CBE’s Dual Credit Auto Service Technician CTS program AND Earn up to 15 ASA credits in CTS towards an Alberta High School Diploma.

  • Training by a qualified journeyman instructor to learn about auto service technician program
  • Ability to challenge the First Period Auto Service Technician exam upon completion
  • Opportunity to find summer employment in a related field


Construction Introductory

Students learn the basic skills and techniques of the construction industry. Students learn safe work habits through hands-on practice. A variety of small pieces of millwork or furniture construction provides experience and allow for students to integrate basic skills.

Construction Intermediate

Prerequisite: Minimum 4 completed modules in Construction Intro

Students gain further experience in methods, procedures, and machine tool technology while working on furniture and cabinet projects.

Construction Advanced

Prerequisite: Minimum 4 completed modules in Construction Intermediate

Students have the opportunity to further develop their skills in furniture, cabinet construction, as well as light construction techniques. The course plan for each student will reflect the individual interest of the student’s construction as well as light construction techniques.

Grad Construction (6 Credits) – Grade 12s ONLY

Grad Construction is a construction course designed for Grade 12 students who have NOT had the previous opportunity to take a construction course throughout their high school careers. The focus of this course will be on building trades-based skills for both career exploration and personal growth. Students will have the chance to work in a variety of trade disciplines including tile setting, framing, finish carpentry, cabinetmaking, furniture building, and more. The Grad Construction course requires no prerequisite credits or prior knowledge. The goal of this course is for students to come in with a willingness to learn, be challenged, and for them to leave with practical skills that are useful after high school. With this course, students can transition into either a career in the trades or to be able to take on and complete their own home-based renovation projects.

Women in Trades

Women’s Construction, Renovation & Car Maintenance

This class has been created for young women to be introduced to the trades in a nonthreatening environment to develop a knowledge and love of working with their hands to either benefit them in their personal or professional lives in the future. Students will gain experience in carpentry and automotive maintenance. Students will learn trade skills and be able to make informed decisions regarding pursuit of a future in the trades.

 Introductory: 3 credits in construction, 2 credits in mechanics

Fabrication (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced & Credentialed)

Students in Fabrication (welding) will study metal technologies and learn the fine art of design and metal fabrication. Explore and pre-apprentice students learn the knowledge and skills related to the unique techniques of: oxy-fuel welding and cutting, gas metal arc welding, flux core arc welding and shielded metal arc welding.

Advanced students will be encouraged to engage in pre-apprenticeship courses that will prepare them to challenge the 1st year apprenticeship theory and practical exams.

Classes and detailed information:

  • Introductory (5 credits available) single block only
  • Intermediate (6 credits available) single block only
  • Advanced (10 credits available) single block only
  • Credentialed (15 credits available) double block only



Pre-engineering is a dynamic and innovative specialized program that provides students with a practical hands-on experience in an interactive state-of-the-art lab environment. This class involves exploring design and engineering principles through various technologies such as robotics, CAD, rapid prototyping (3D printing, CNC), fluid dynamics, electrical, solar, wind, heat transfer, automation, and/or other technologies. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve authentic problems in various fields of engineering such as electrical, chemical, structural and environmental. At the end of the term, students will complete a masters engineering project from initial design phase to prototype in small collaborative groups. The program is delivered by dual credentialed teachers/engineers.

Program Delivery

Pre-Engineering courses require students to make personal selections from a large menu of available areas of study. At the introductory level, students can explore various aspects of engineering by completing 5 or more credits of study. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students can continue to explore or specialize by completing 5 or more credits in a single block or 10 credits in a double block. The culminating masters project will be in groups of 4-6 students. These projects are designed to be like a real engineering project in industry. Each student will be in charge of at least one design component. Students collaborate to develop the prototype following the design process and present it to the class. 

Pre-Engineering Introduction (5 Credits)

At the introductory level, students will develop a self-paced plan of study from a menu of up to 19 single credit courses. Examples include but are not limited to: automation (digital, ladder logic, intro to mechatronics), pneumatic circuit design, solar/wind energy, introductory 3D modelling using Inventor and 3D printer, CNC programming (lines), introductory robotics, structured programming, electric circuit analysis, and structural engineering (with bridges).

Students will be required to complete the following compulsory courses:

  • ELT1010: Electro-assembly 1
  • Project Credit: - based on their CTS credits but often DES1020 The Design Process

Pre-Engineering Intermediate/Advanced (5 or 10 Credits)

At the intermediate/advanced level, students will develop a self-paced plan of study from a menu of up to 60 single credit courses based on their areas of interest and prerequisites. Examples include but are not limited to: automation (digital, ladder logic, PLC programming, mechatronics), pneumatic/electro-pneumatic circuit design, solar/wind energy, energy audit project, 3D modelling using Inventor and 3D printer, CNC programming (curves), robotics, sensors, programming, electric circuit analysis, structural engineering (with bridges), motors, pumps, and heat transfer.    

Students will be required to complete the following compulsory course:

  • Project Credit - based on their CTS credits but often  3D Design (level depends on prerequisites)

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