CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Machinists are skilled craftspersons who use precision metal cutting and grinding machines to fabricate high quality parts. They understand the methods behind using a variety of tools to measure, cut, drill, form, shape, grind and finish metal, plastic or similar materials. You’ll learn how to produce parts based on engineered drawings and how to diagnose mechanical malfunctions. In a heightened world of industrial production, businesses rely on machinists to maximize overall performance and output.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year 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 this program may be employed in the machine shops of manufacturing or processing plants, railways, shipyards, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines and smelters, and private metal working firms. Graduates are often called upon to produce parts based on engineered drawings, diagnose mechanical malfunctions of production or industrial machinery, produce the necessary parts or components to return these machines into production, or redesign them to improve the performance of the machine.

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    NOC Codes

    7231 - Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Layout and Benchwork
    • Lathes
    • Saws and Drill Presses
    • Milling Machines
    • Grinders
    • Welding
    • Metallurgy
    • Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Physics
    • Communication
    • Computerized Numerical Control (CNC)
    • Work Practicum

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the basics of metallurgy. Instruction includes identification and selection criteria of materials, inspection and testing procedures, and heat treatment methods.


    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    Students are equipped to identify lathe components, accessories and tooling. They learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards.


    • SECU1194G

    Students acquire advanced lathe operation skills and become proficient in the techniques used to perform more complex lathe operations.


    • META1066
    • SMTT1016D

    This course provides instruction into types and characteristics of drill presses as well as the tooling and processes typically performed on them.


    • SECU1194G

    Students receive instruction in the set-up and operation of cut-off saws and contour band saws.


    • SECU1194G

    Students are introduced to basic horizontal and vertical milling set-ups and operational procedures. They develop the skills required to perform advanced machining operations.


    • SECU1194G
    • SMTT1016D

    This course provides an introduction to abrasive machining processes. Students learn characteristics of modern abrasives as well as the basic operations of off-hand, surface and cylindrical grinding.


    • SECU1194G

    This course exposes students to the capabilities of computer controlled machines and procedures used to produce a part.


    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course exposes students to the basics of physics as well as the underlying physical principles that influence mechanical design and help solve problems specific to work performed by machinists.

    This course helps students develop the ability to interpret industrial drawings, apply drafting principles, and produce freehand sketches.

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


    • SECU1194G

    This course is designed to familiarize students with types of measurement, layout and bench tooling. They learn techniques enabling them to accurately layout basic projects and perform bench tasks typical to the machinist trade.


    • SECU1194G

    Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to perform cutting, brazing and basic arc welding operations. Instruction includes the safe practices and accepted methods of oxy-acetylene and electric-arc welding equipment use.


    • SECU1194G

    Specific Considerations

    Key attributes for people entering this trade are: communication skills, mechanical aptitude, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, an ability to work independently, and a clear understanding of mathematics and physics. Physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing and handling heavy objects.

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