CNC Machining

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018

Program Overview

CNC Machinists are fascinated by the complex relationship between computers and machine tools. From high-tech mountain bikes to advanced fighter jets, they use numerically controlled technology to innovate machine functions by building key parts. You’ll learn how to program, set up, troubleshoot and operate advanced machine tools. This combination of practical, hands-on experience and technical theory will set you up for a prosperous career in the metalworking industries.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of the CNC Machining program fill a vital role in the thriving computerized manufacturing industry in New Brunswick. These local manufacturers supply machined parts as well as sub-assemblies to companies throughout the world, especially in the aircraft and telecommunications industries. In shops where computerized numerically controlled machines (CNC) are used, graduates of the CNC Machining program fulfill a variety of critical roles as they gain experience. You may start as a machine operator, but CNC shops will soon recognize your ability, and most graduates quickly progress to roles that utilize their technical expertise. Over the last five years, the number of jobs available has exceeded the number of graduates of the program.

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    NOC Codes

    2233 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    9511 - Machining Tool Operators
    9514 - Metalworking Machine Operators

    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Layout and Benchwork
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Lathes
    • Saws and Drill Presses
    • Milling Machines
    • Grinders
    • Welding
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Introduction to CAM
    • Machine Tool Theory
    • Elements of Quality Management
    • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    • Communication and Human Relations
    • Jigs and Fixtures
    • Metallurgy
    • Computerized Programming
    • Coordinate Measuring Machine
    • Machining Centre
    • Turning Centre
    • Work Practicum

    Specific Considerations

    This program is an apprenticeable occupation in New Brunswick. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a diploma and will have the opportunity to challenge two apprenticeship blocks toward their CNC Machinist license. Students who choose to exit after the first year will be eligible to receive a Machinist certificate and will have an opportunity to challenge Block 1.

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