CNC Machining

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

High-tech CNC machines have revolutionized the manufacturing industry. And at the controls of those machines are highly skilled CNC machinists. Imagine starting with a solid block of metal and transforming it into a precisely made working part for anything from a bicycle to an advanced fighter jet. CNC machinists enjoy a dynamic combination of digital and physical work that makes each day interesting and rewarding.
In our CNC Machining program, you’ll learn the skills needed to bring design ideas to life. We’ll teach you how to program, set-up, troubleshoot, and operate advanced machine tools so that you’re ready to become a valuable member of any industrial engineering team when you graduate. The manufacturing industry will continue to advance technologically, and as it does, the demand for skilled CNC machinists who know how to use machine technology to create new things will also grow. Enroll today to pursue an exciting career on the cutting-edge of manufacturing.


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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Advanced Placement

    • Students may be admitted directly into the second year of this program upon successful completion of one of the following criteria: 1 year Machinist or Tool and Die training program, or Block I of the Machinist or CNC Machinist Apprenticeship program.

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    Career Possibilities

    CNS Machining graduates start as apprentices, filling vital computerized manufacturing roles in New Brunswick, throughout the region and around the world. Machine operators cut metal into machined parts, and as their experience level grows, so does their value. Many operators transition to being in charge of setting up CNC machines for various production processes and making changes to the machine’s controller. CNC operators can also advance their careers by becoming CNC programmers who create the code that tells the CNC systems how to make the part.
    Another path includes Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians, who may work independently or provide technical support and services in the development of production methods, facilities and systems, and the planning, estimating, measuring and scheduling of work.

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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • 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

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    2233 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    9416 - Metalworking and forging machine operators
    9417 - Machining tool operators

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


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