Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 1525ttdipl

High Precision Machining with Computer Numerical Control

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Do you like making things with precision with or without the aid of a computer? Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a techie? Do
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Mike Kleywegt
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BCIT CNC Grad 2009
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you take pride in a seeing high-quality manufactured products? Perhaps you should consider a career as a Machinist!

Today’s manufacturing utilizes innovative technologies, including sophisticated Computer numerical control (CNC), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software and specialty aerospace industry materials to develop and build the products of tomorrow. CNC Machinist technician 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.

Why BCIT?

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:
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Automobile/Motorcycle Industry
  • Medical Research Industry
  • Innovative Technologies Industry
  • Research and Development Industry
  • Forestry and Mining Industry
  • Manufacturing Machine Parts Industry
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.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the CNC Machinist program interests you, review the entrance
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requirements. If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session or become a student for a day.

Spend-A-Day with Us

Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
Find out more

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, James_Cai@bcit.ca or call 604-432-8214.

Entrance requirements

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Availability Notification

Complete the Short Notice Availability, Location and Shift Preference form [PDF] and submit with your application to help us get you into classes faster.

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should have:

    • Good command of oral and written English
    • Sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the work, good hearing, good eyesight, normal colour vision, manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination
    • Good theoretical and practical mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude

  • Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

January and September

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your Diploma in CNC Machinist Technician!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,276; Level 3: $199

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

The CNC machinist technician program contains a blend of classroom lectures and practical shop sessions using the latest
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Photo courtesy of Haas Automation Inc.
technology. In the first term of the program, emphasis is put on learning the fundamentals of machining in topics such as engineering drawing, trade math, metallurgy, precision measuring instruments, lathe, mill, and grinder machines. In the second Co-op Term, you will practice your knowledge in a real world manufacturer. The third term, you will learn state art CNC machine operation and CAD/CAM programming.

Class hours

0700–1400 or 1230–1930, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (33 weeks) Credits
  MACH 1100 Apply Safe Work Practices 1.5
  MACH 1103 Layout/Measuring and Testing Tools 6.0
  MACH 1104 Use Support Machines 7.5
  MACH 1106 Use Lathes 13.0
  MACH 1108 Use Vertical and Horizontal Milling Machines 11.0
  MACH 1110 Use Precision Grinders 3.0
  MACH 1111 Oxyacetylene Cut and Weld 2.0
  MACH 1113 Select Lubricants for Specific Applications 0.5
  MACH 1117 Complete Machine Shop Projects 11.0
  MACH 1118 Solve Math Problems and Use The Machinist's Handbook 3.0
  MACH 1119 Read and Interpret Shop Drawings 2.0
  MACH 1120 Fit Bearings, Seals and Gaskets 2.0
  MACH 1121 Prepare for Employment 0.5
  MACH 1125 CNC Simulation 1.0
  MACH 1129 Basic Metallurgy 2.0
  ZAPR 0000 Apprenticeship Year 1 Exam 0.0
  ZAPR 0002 Apprenticeship Year 2 Exam 0.0
 
Level 2 (33 weeks) Credits
  MACH 1990 Co-op 33.0
 
Level 3 (33 weeks) Credits
  CNCS 2201 Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control 4.0
  CNCS 2202 Programming Fundamentals 4.0
  CNCS 2203 Programming Turning Centres 4.0
  CNCS 2204 Programming Machine Centres 4.0
  CNCS 2205 Setup and Operate Turning Centre 18.0
  CNCS 2206 Setup and Operate Machine Centres 18.0
  CNCS 2207 Computed Aided Design 4.0
  CNCS 2208 Computer Aided Manufacture 8.0
  CNCS 2209 Coordinate Measuring Machine 2.0
 
Total Credits: 165.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

CNC machinist technician machinists manufacture components, parts and design tools and fixtures from a variety of metals and
measuring instrument
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other engineered materials using traditional and state-of-the-art machines.

During program study, theory covered includes:
  • Metallurgy precision measuring tools and instruments
  • Interpretation of engineered drawings
  • Hand tools and power tools
  • Machine operation including lathes, milling machines, and grinders
  • Computer numerical control (CNC) machines
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM)

Program length

99 weeks, full-time

Level 1 - 33 weeks (Manual Machining)
Level 2 - 33 weeks (Co-op Work Term)
Level 3 - 33 weeks (CNC Machinist Specialization)

Grading

Course passing grade is 70% for each component within a course with a minimum passing grade of 70% for each course. In order to successfully complete the program each level requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 70%. There is no minimum pass mark required for the Apprenticeship exams.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation or Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program. This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Co-operative education

A cooperative education (co-op) program formally integrates students' academic studies with relevant, paid work experience. Co-op coordinators assist students in finding meaningful work placements and monitor the student's progress on the job. During periods of the business cycle, work experience placements may be difficult to obtain. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to secure a work experience placement.

For more information, please visit BCIT's Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) located in Building NW5, Room 101 at the Burnaby campus.

Co-op coordinator: 604-451-7077
General inquiries: 604-432-8753

Graduating & Jobs

A rewarding career as a CNC machinist technician

A career in the machinist trade can lead to a variety of interesting work in a wide scope of manufacturing industries. Some of the
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areas of specialization may be CNC programming or Quality Control.
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
  • Interpreting engineered drawings and manufacturing a variety of complex parts using a variety of machinist equipment
  • Set up and run computerized lathes, mills and grinders to manufacture specific parts
CNC Programmer
  • applying all the machining skills to efficiently set up and programme automated machinery Quality Control inspect and verify production of parts to ensure they are within tolerances for size specifications

An edge in the job market

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:
BCIT Works trades campaign features BCIT grads
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Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

All of our instructors are qualified experienced Machinists or Tool and Die Makers/Mold Makers. Their passion for the trade is evident
instructor and students
in their pursuit for the highest product standard and they mentor their students to achieve the same success.

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.

Faculty and staff

  • James Cai, Machinist IP, BEng, MBA, PEng, Chief Instructor
  • Mark Allardyce, Machinist IP
  • Marte Arreola, Machinist IP
  • Ken Chambers, Tool Room Attendant
  • Ali Daeizadeh, Machinist IP
  • Bill Elgert, Machinist IP
  • T.M. Ray Green, MEd, Machinist IP
  • Andy Hofmann, Machinist IP
  • Kerri Macmillan, Administrative Assistant
  • Andrey Murphy, Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
  • Richard Smith, Tool Room Attendant
  • Greg Wahl, Machinist IP, Tool and Die IP
  • Alex Rosenthal, BEd (Tech), MA, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Guy Walton, Arbelos Prototyping
  • Surinderpal Ghotra, Cimtech Manufacturing Inc.
  • Kevin Goossens, Asco Aerospace
  • Ed Bendfeld, Canam Tool & Engineering Inc.
  • Rob Vander Starren, Alliance CNC Solutions Inc.
  • John Chaisson, Pazmac Enterprises Ltd.
  • John MacKinnon, Avcorp Industries Inc.
  • Claudio Bolognese, Teleflex Canada

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