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Meet Kevin Schaftlein, third year Machinist Apprentice:

The machinist apprenticeship requires time spent on the job and in-school training. A Machinist apprentice must complete a four-year program consisting of 6,330 workplace hours and 870 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the interprovincial exam will result in the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, the B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

BCIT offers all four levels of technical training for the machinist apprenticeship.

Harmonized Machinist Apprenticeship

Due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative, apprentices beginning Level 1 or 2 after April 1, 2020 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Any technical training and/or work-based training hours on their record will be transferred over.

Harmonized apprentice levels will be scheduled as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after April 2020
  • Level 2 intakes offered after April 2020
  • Level 3 intakes offered after April 2021
  • Level 4 intakes offered after Sept 2021

Current Machinist apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: complete the current program

Current apprentices are encouraged to complete each level of training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 1 by March 31, 2020
  • Level 2 by March 31, 2020
  • Level 3 by March 31, 2021
  • Level 4 by August 31, 2021

Option 2: transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program may need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream.

  • Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 after April 1, 2020 – 3 days of GAP training is required
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3 after April 1, 2021 – GAP training to be determined
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3 after September 1, 2021 – GAP training to be determined

Please visit the ITA’s Machinist page For more information on the Machinist Apprenticeship and its transition to the harmonized format.

If you have any questions about the BCIT Machinist Apprenticeship program, contact Stefano Pettenon, Department Head, by email:

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Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Stefano Pettenon, RSE
Department Head
Tel: 604-432-8214

Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Tel: 604-432-8477

Chelsea Barron, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4038

Ali Daeizadeh, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4028

Thomas Green, MEd, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4027

Andy Hofmann, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4043

Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
Tel: 604-453-4029

Mustafa Sajid, RSE, Tool and Die ON
Tel: 604-456-8122

Greg Wahl, RSE, Tool and Die IP
Tel: 604-451-7064

Technical Staff

Andrey Murphy
Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Richard Smith
Tool Room Attendant

Daniel Szakaly
Tool Room Attendant


Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Interim Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8488

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052

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BCIT Apprenticeship Service Office

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