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The Machinist Foundation program provides students with the theory and practical experience to enter the machinist trade. Graduates are eligible for credit towards the first level of machinist apprenticeship.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

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.

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

Richard Smith
Tool Room Attendant

Daniel Szakaly
Tool Room Attendant


Kacem Habiballah, MA, EdD, PhD (Candidate)
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-451-7075

Stephanie Ly
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052

Advisory committee

Claudio Bolognese
Manager, Machining Engineering Group, Seastar Solutions

Ed Bendfeld
President, Canam Tool & Engineering Inc.

Indy Dhaliwal
Shop Foreman, Johnson Industries Ltd.

Al Dickens
Operations Manager, Murray Latta, Progressive Machine Inc.

Surinderpal Ghotra
President & CEO, Cimtech Manufacturing Inc.

Bryan Jones
Supervisor, Machining Division, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. (CMP)

John MacKinnon
Business Owner, Sitka CNC Machining Inc.

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