The CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinist Technician program is a two-year cooperative education training in manual and CNC machining. Today’s manufacturing uses innovative technologies including sophisticated Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software and specialty materials to develop and build products.
About the program
BCIT is the largest provider of CNC machinist education and training in 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 include:
- Great faculty: Our faculty are dedicated to teaching. Many have extensive manufacturing, engineering, and industrial experience.
- Machine facilities: Learn through theory and hands-on practical assignments in our 30,000-square-foot shop. Our state-of-the-art industrial equipment, computer numerical control machines, and computer aided manufacturing software will help you understand the concepts learned in lectures and give you job-ready, practical skills.
- Fascinating career paths: The opportunities as a CNC machinist technician can be very challenging and lucrative.
- Co-operative education: A 33-week co-op work term supplements in-school learning.
Who it’s for
Machining might be for you if you like making things with precision with or without the aid of a computer, if you consider yourself to be a bit of a techie, or if you take pride in seeing high-quality manufactured products. If that sounds like you, consider a career as a machinist!
Training is designed for high-school graduates and tradespersons who wish to upgrade their skills in the operation, IG coding, conventional and CAD/CAM programming of CNC equipment. Graduates receive a Diploma in Trades Training.
What grads can do
After successfully completing the CNC Machinist Technician program, graduates have the option to complete an apprenticeship in the machinist trade. Graduates receive a credit of 500 work-based training hours, as well as term 2 co-op work hours. Additionally, grads will receive credit for ITA Machinist Apprenticeship Levels 1 – 3 technical training. After successful completion of all apprenticeship requirements, graduates will receive the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship, the BC Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement, also known as the Red Seal.
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.
Our grads find jobs in the following industries:
- Aerospace industry
- Automobile/motorcycle industry
- Medical research industry
- Innovative technologies industry
- Research and development industry
- Forestry and mining industry
- Manufacturing machine parts industry
Graduates are prepared to complete an apprenticeship as a Machinist.
Find out more about getting started in the program!
If the CNC Machinist program interests you, review the entrance 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.
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 Department Head, Stefano Pettenon, or call 604-432-8214.
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 will 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.
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 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 of the art CNC machine operation and CAD/CAM programming.
CNC machinist technician machinists manufacture components, parts and design tools and fixtures from a variety of metals and 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)
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 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 they 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
- 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 incredibly instrumental 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:
All of our instructors are qualified experienced Machinists or Tool and Die Makers/Mold Makers. Their passion for the trade is evident in their pursuit for the highest product standard, and they mentor their students to achieve the same success.
Some of our instructors are BCIT graduates, who 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.
Stefano Pettenon, RSE
Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Chelsea Barron, RSE
Ali Daeizadeh, RSE
Michel Gaudet, RSE
Thomas Green, MEd, RSE
Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
Mustafa Sajid, RSE, Tool and Die ON
Greg Wahl, RSE, Tool and Die IP
Tool Room Attendant
Tool Room Attendant
Paul Morrison, BEng, AScT
Interim Associate Dean
Manager, Machining Engineering Group, Seastar Solutions
President, Canam Tool & Engineering Inc.
Shop Foreman, Johnson Industries Ltd.
Operations Manager, Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.
President & CEO, Cimtech Manufacturing Inc.
Supervisor, Machining Division, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. (CMP)
Business Owner, Sitka CNC Machining Inc.
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