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

    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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