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A machinist sets up and operates all machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling and boring machines, precision-measuring tools, hand and power tools. Increasingly, these machine operators use computer numerical controlled machines. Machinist operators must have an understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics, metallurgy, and mechanical engineering drawing, and must be in good physical condition to work around the machinery.

The program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on practice will enable students to become competent in the basic operations needed to make industrial parts and components according to engineering drawings. Graduates of the Machinist Foundation program are eligible for credit toward the first level of apprenticeship technical training in the machinist apprenticeship.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

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.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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.

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  • 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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Scheduled intakes

October each year

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

$1,276 (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

Class hours

1230–1930, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Core Courses: (Machinist Foundation Program - 25 weeks) Credits
  MACH 1500 Safe Work Practices 4.0
  MACH 1502 Mathematics for Machinists 3.0
  MACH 1504 Interpretation of Drawings 3.0
  MACH 1506 Layout and Measuring 6.0
  MACH 1508 Support Machines 6.0
  MACH 1510 Lathe Operations 10.0
  MACH 1512 Mill Operations 6.0
  MACH 1518 Materials and Metallurgy 2.0
  MACH 1520 Service and Maintenance 3.0
  MACH 1524 Employment Preparation 0.5
  MACH 1529 Capstone Project 6.5
 
Total Credits: 50.0

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

Program length

25 weeks, full-time

Grading

Minimum passing grade of 70% for each course. Students must achieve an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70% to successfully complete the program. 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 the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). 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.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Machinists have traditionally supported the various industry sectors in BC such as forestry and mining, aerospace, automotive and medical and research development. Opportunities also exist in industrial sales. Training prepares students for employment in the machinist trade. Graduates should seek employment as an apprentice. Opportunities exist throughout the province. Formal apprenticeships are common in this trade, but a graduate should be prepared to take an entry-level job in a shop until an apprenticeship becomes available. Upon completion of the Machinist Foundation and CNC Machinist Technician programs, graduates receive credit towards the respective apprenticeship technical training.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and staff

  • Marte Arreola, Machinist IP, BEng,Chief Instructor
  • Mark Allardyce, 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
  • Andrey Murphy, Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • Stefano Pettenon, Machinist IP
  • Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
  • Richard Smith, Tool Room Attendant
  • Greg Wahl, Machinist IP, Tool and Die IP
  • Jill Simmons, Administrative Assistant
  • Paul Morrison, DiplT, BEng, AScT, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Guy Walton, Arbelos Prototyping
  • Surinderpal Ghotra, Cimtech Manufacturing Inc.
  • Ed Bendfeld, Canam Tool & Engineering Inc.
  • Al Dickens, Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.
  • Rob Vander Starren, Alliance CNC Solutions Inc.
  • John Chaisson, Dura-Ramp Inc.
  • John MacKinnon, Sitka CNC Machining Inc.
  • Claudio Bolognese, Seastar Solutions

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