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Overview

Delivery mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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

Courses

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

Faculty

Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Department Head
Tel: 604-432-8477
Email: Marte_Arreola@bcit.ca

Chelsea Barron, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4038
Email: cbarron4@bcit.ca

Ali Daeizadeh, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4028
Email: adaeizadeh@bcit.ca

Thomas Green, MEd, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4027
Email: Thomas_Green@bcit.ca

Andy Hofmann, RSE
Tel: 604-453-4043
Email: Andy_Hofmann@bcit.ca

Stefano Pettenon, RSE
Acting Department Head
Tel: 604-432-8214
Email: spettenon@bcit.ca

Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
Tel: 604-453-4029
Email: Karl_Reichenback@bcit.ca

Mustafa Sajid, RSE, Tool and Die ON
Tel: 604-456-8122
Email: Mustafa_Sajid@bcit.ca

Greg Wahl, RSE, Tool and Die IP
Tel: 604-451-7064
Email: Greg_Wahl@bcit.ca

Technical Staff

Andrey Murphy
Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Richard Smith
Tool Room Attendant

Daniel Szakaly
Tool Room Attendant

Staff

Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Interim Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8488
Email: Paul_Morrison@bcit.ca

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052
Email: Jill_Simmonsn@bcit.ca

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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