Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)


Construction Intro

Students are introduced to various practices for preparing and joining wood. Safety is emphasized in practical usage of hand and power tools. Theory and hands-on shop work have students participate in the construction of small projects designed to teach them about the properties of various woods and joinery techniques.

Wood is everywhere in our world from our homes to our businesses. Whether a student plans to enter into the field of construction, own a house, or partake in an enjoyable hobby, the skills and knowledge learned at James Fowler will be the springboard to that end.

Students explore the theories and practices in many aspects of construction from artisan to cabinetry to structure framing, and many of the specialized trades.

Safety is paramount, and comprehensive training on all equipment is a major component of the program. These are lifelong skills that are useful at any stage of life and in any economic situation.

Career paths include:

  • Carpentry 
  • Floor Installation 
  • Cabinet Making 
  • Framing 
  • Tile setting 
  • Electrical Branch Wiring 
  • Roofing 
  • Bricklaying and Masonry 
  • Interior Finishing 
  • Plumbing


Fabrication (Welding) Intro

Through practical and theoretical studies students gain an understanding of the role of the welder in society and at the same time learn the safe use of tools and acceptable procedures basic to the welding trade. Students will have choice of several small projects where they can practice and showcase their new skills.

From oil and gas pipelines and refineries, to automobiles, railroads, bridges, and buildings, even furniture, ornamental iron work, art and design, welding plays a vital and integral part in our world. With demand for skilled welders rising and the technology of welding becoming more advanced, especially where automation is concerned, students have a unique opportunity to learn a career that can be shaped around their interests.

As an ever changing industry welding includes an endless amount of career pathways. At James Fowler High School students explore the theories and practices of welding and metal fabrication to fulfill the many needs of society. Both creative/artistic and technical aspects of the trade are covered in the course. Students will develop necessary skills in welding techniques and knowledge including the safe use of tools and equipment and acceptable procedures. Students also have an opportunity to explore other disciplines like metallurgy, drafting, blueprint reading, art, and design.

Possible Career Paths include:

  • Welder/Fabricator 
  • Welding Technologist
  • Welding Engineer 
  • Pipeline Construction 
  • Certified Welding Inspector 
  • Underwater Welder 
  • Sales Person 
  • Artist 
  • Designer


Autobody – Intro

Students are introduced to vehicle structures, how they are built, how damage is repaired and the tools used in Auto body repair. Theory and hands-on lab work, have students forming sheet metal, repairing dents and applying 2 stage refinish system.

Rust, corrosion, and damage repair is a fact of life in our vehicle dependant society. Students explore the theories and practices of body, frame and interior automotive repair and refinishing.

Career paths include:

  • Auto Body Technician 
  • Auto Body Refinisher 
  • Auto Body Prepper 
  • Custom vehicle modification (hot rods) 
  • Fiberglass and custom part manufacturing 
  • Damage Appraiser/Estimator

Auto Mechanics – Intro

Tire changes, wheel balancing and engine disassembly/reassembly are just some of the topics covered with hands on activity. This course is also an introduction to the automotive trade. Students will learn about safety, tool use, and industry standards.

In addition to experiencing the practical and academic aspects of Mechanics 10, 20 and 30; automotive students at James Fowler High School, work “hands on“ in a typical retail auto shop environment. Fowlers’ auto shop is a busy facility where course appropriate and manageable tasks are performed four days per week, usually booked 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Fridays of each week are set aside for attendance in a computer lab where students have access to the worlds’ leading automotive academic software, streamed in real time from Australia, “ CDX “.

Career paths include:

  • Automotive Technician 
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic 
  • Motorcycle technician 
  • Parts Technician 
  • Machinist 
  • R. V. Mechanic 
  • Automotive Sales 
  • Millwright 
  • Small Engine Technician 
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician



In this course students will use the process of design thinking to learn the fundamentals of electrical schematics and components as well as how to solder and assemble them. They will also delve into programming of microcontrollers in order to assemble a working mobile robot. Other topics for this course include basic CAD operations and 3D printing.

Using CAD software in both 2D and 3D spaces, students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Assisted Design and Drawing. They will apply these skills in a variety of design-oriented assignments that will lead them to producing portfolio-ready drawings. The skills they learn in this unit will then be applied to rapid prototyping with the lab’s 3D printer.

The course includes an introduction to Arduino a programmable microcontroller that is an up and coming technology that allows students to experiment with programming while seeing the results of their programming control their electronics from the Electrical Assembly unit. The system uses a variety of hardware including the Arduino Uno and Redbot Mainboard to teach the basics of coding.


“To the optimist the glass is half full; to the pessimist it is half empty. To the engineer the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.” - unknown


In this course students will learn the basics of the design process as well as exploring principles in basic electronics and rapid prototyping. Following this common intro, students will be challenged to become experts in one of the following areas: electrical/electronics, technical design/drafting, industrial automation/pneumatics, or autonomous robotics in order to produce a project that solves a real-world problem.

In the Introductory level of Pre-Engineering at Fowler the basics of the Design Thinking Process and the fundamentals of safety procedures (focused around use of electricity) will be explored before students embark on a journey to become an expert in one of a series of areas. These may include:

  • Electrical/Electronics 
  • Computer Hardware 
  • Rapid Prototyping 
  • Technical Design and Drawing 
  • Industrial Automation 
  • PLC Control 
  • Autonomous Robotics

The focus of this class is on the interdisciplinary nature of building and creating a project. To this end, students will be challenged to tackle major projects as an integrated team incorporating their varied specialties to solve real-world problems.

This class will make extensive use of the AutoCAD suite of programs to design products and will use the lab’s 3D printer to prototype them.

Additionally, a heavy focus in this class will be placed on Industrial Automation using the FESTO Didactic learning systems including MecLabs and the MPS (Modular Production System) Stations.

A strong mathematical background is recommended for all students considering Pre-Engineering (minimum Math 10C)


Students will learn about the field of electronics. They will do this through learning basic fabrication techniques; the construction of power supplies; construction of electronic control systems, and study of analog communications. Students will also look at the conversion and distribution of electricity.

Work Experience

Work Experience 15/25/35  (From 3-30 Credits)

Prerequisite:  HCS 3000
Work experience allows students to gain practical knowledge, enhance their skills, confirm career decisions, and form attitudes that will assist them in their transitions from school to the world of work. Students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can enroll. The prerequisite course HCS 3000 (Workplace Safety Systems) must be completed before any off-campus education credits will be awarded. Existing part-time jobs may be eligible as a work experience placement provided the student can demonstrate new learning is occurring.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Prerequisite: HCS 3000 The Registered Apprenticeship Program is an excellent opportunity for students who know they want to enter a trade to “earn while you learn.” This program usually begins during the summer after the grade 10 school year. The student selects a trade and applies 125 hour work experience (5 credits) which serves as a probationary period. The student’s timetable is adjusted to accommodate the RAP program in grade 11 and 12.

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