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.
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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.
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.
Credentials – After completing the Machinist Foundation program, students can then complete an apprenticeship in the Machinist trade. Students will receive a credit of 500 work-based training hours and the ITA Machinist Apprenticeship Level 1 technical training. After successful completion of all apprenticeship requirements, you will receive the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, the B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement, also known as the Red Seal.
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.
Stefano Pettenon, RSE
Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Chelsea Barron, RSE
Ali Daeizadeh, RSE
Thomas Green, MEd, RSE
Andy Hofmann, 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
Kacem Habiballah, MA, EdD
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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