Today's manufacturing utilizes innovative technologies, including sophisticated Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software and specialty materials to develop and build the products of tomorrow. CNC Machinist technicians design, manufacture and repair components, parts and tools from a variety of metals and other engineered materials using traditional and state-of-the-art machines. Many machinists of today can be found transferring complex mechanical engineering drawings from the computer screen to computerized machinery.
BCIT is the largest provider of CNC machinist education and training in the province of BC. The program uses the latest technologies in education to combine theory and practical lessons in a work like environment. The strengths of the BCIT machinist programs are based on:
Great Faculty – Our faculty are dedicated to teaching. Many have extensive manufacturing, engineering, and industrial experience.
Machine Facilities – The key to success is to be able to make a part that is of the highest quality appearance with the most efficient machine operations. You will learn through theory and hands-on practical assignments in our 30,000 square foot shop with state-of-the-art industrial equipment, computer numerical control machines, and computer aided manufacturing software help you to understand the concepts that you learn in lectures and gives you job-ready, practical skills.
Fascinating Career Paths – The opportunities as a CNC machinist technician can be very challenging and lucrative. Some of the career opportunities include:
Credentials – After completing the Machinist Foundation or CNC Machinist Technician program, students can complete an apprenticeship in the Machinist Trade. After the completion of your training and a passing grade on the interprovincial exam, you will receive the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, the B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement, also known as the Red Seal.
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After completing CNC Machinist Technician programs, students can follow the path of an apprentice and earn while you learn. Graduates from this program can expect credit for the first three levels of technical training for the machinist apprenticeship.
An array of job opportunities as a:
CNC Machinist or Machinist
A BCIT trades diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. BCIT programs and courses provide both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you be job-ready. Graduates say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing them for employment.
A broad range of employment possibilities
The potential job market for CNC Machine Technician is great. You could either start your own business or work for a small or large company. Graduates can work in research and development, manufacturing, technical sales, quality control, and CNC programming.
Some of the many employers of BCIT's CNC machinist technician graduates include:
Some of our instructors were BCIT graduates that have succeeded in industry and now have come back to offer their wisdom and knowledge to the students.
Some of our instructors have bachelor and master degree. If you find the machinist career is not challenging enough, you could continue education at BCIT to study a Bachelor of Manufacturing Technology program to obtain a bachelor degree in manufacturing.
Many of our students have the opportunity to gain a global manufacturing perspective, as some of our instructors have experience working in Europe, Asia, and North America.
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