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Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 1525ttdipl

High Precision Machining with Computer Numerical Control

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester 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.

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Mike Kleywegt
Product Development
BCIT CNC Grad 2009
Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors
Do you like making things with precision with or without the aid of a computer? Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a techie? Do you take pride in a seeing high-quality manufactured products? Perhaps you should consider a career as a Machinist!

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.


BCIT is the largest provider of CNC machinist education and training in the province of 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 are based on:

Great Faculty – Our faculty are dedicated to teaching. Many have extensive manufacturing, engineering, and industrial experience.

Machine Facilities – The key to success is to be able to make a part that is of the highest quality appearance with the most efficient machine operations. You will learn through theory and hands-on practical assignments in our 30,000 square foot shop with state-of-the-art industrial equipment, computer numerical control machines, and computer aided manufacturing software help you to understand the concepts that you learn in lectures and gives you job-ready, practical skills.

Fascinating Career Paths – The opportunities as a CNC machinist technician can be very challenging and lucrative. Some of the career opportunities include:

  • Aerospace Industry
  • Automobile/Motorcycle Industry
  • Medical Research Industry
  • Innovative Technologies Industry
  • Research and Development Industry
  • Forestry and Mining Industry
  • Manufacturing Machine Parts Industry

Credentials – After completing the Machinist Foundation or CNC Machinist Technician program, students can complete an apprenticeship in the Machinist Trade. After the completion of your training and a passing grade on the interprovincial exam, 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.

Program Entry

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.
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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 Chief Instructor, or call 604-432-8477.

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Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should have:

    • Good command of oral and written English
    • Sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the work, good hearing, good eyesight, normal colour vision, manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination
    • Good theoretical and practical mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude

  • Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

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To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

January and September

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

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 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.

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,276; Level 3: $199

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

Photo courtesy of Haas Automation Inc.
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 art CNC machine operation and CAD/CAM programming.

Class hours

0700–1330 or 1230–1900, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (33 weeks) Credits
  MACH 1500 Safe Work Practices 4.0
  MACH 1502 Mathematics for Machinists 3.0
  MACH 1504 Interpretation of Drawings 3.0
  MACH 1506 Layout and Measuring 6.0
  MACH 1508 Support Machines 6.0
  MACH 1510 Lathe Operations 10.0
  MACH 1512 Mill Operations 6.0
  MACH 1514 Advanced Lathe Operations 2.0
  MACH 1516 Advanced Mill Operations 4.0
  MACH 1518 Materials and Metallurgy 2.0
  MACH 1520 Service and Maintenance 3.0
  MACH 1522 Grinding Operations 3.0
  MACH 1524 Employment Preparation 0.5
  MACH 1526 Oxyacetylene Cut and Weld 2.0
  MACH 1528 CNC Concepts 3.0
  MACH 1530 Assembly Project 8.5
Level 2 (33 weeks) Credits
  MACH 1990 Co-op 33.0
Level 3 (33 weeks) Credits
  CNCS 2201 Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control 4.0
  CNCS 2202 Programming Fundamentals 4.0
  CNCS 2203 Programming Turning Centres 4.0
  CNCS 2204 Programming Machine Centres 4.0
  CNCS 2205 Setup and Operate Turning Centre 18.0
  CNCS 2206 Setup and Operate Machine Centres 18.0
  CNCS 2207 Computed Aided Design 4.0
  CNCS 2208 Computer Aided Manufacture 8.0
  CNCS 2209 Coordinate Measuring Machine 2.0
Total Credits: 165.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

measuring instrument
Photo courtesy of Haas Automation Inc.
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)

Program length

99 weeks, full-time

Level 1 - 33 weeks (Manual Machining)
Level 2 - 33 weeks (Co-op Work Term)
Level 3 - 33 weeks (CNC Machinist Specialization)


Course passing grade is 70% for each component within a course with a minimum passing grade of 70% for each course. In order to successfully complete the program each level requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 70%. There is no minimum pass mark required for the Apprenticeship exams.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Co-operative education

A cooperative education (co-op) program formally integrates students' academic studies with relevant, paid work experience. Co-op coordinators assist students in finding meaningful work placements and monitor the student's progress on the job. During periods of the business cycle, work experience placements may be difficult to obtain. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to secure a work experience placement.

For more information, please visit BCIT's Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) located in Building NW5, Room 101 at the Burnaby campus.

Co-op coordinator: 604-451-7077

Graduating & Jobs

A rewarding career as a CNC machinist technician

machined part
Photo courtesy of Haas Automation Inc.
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 you 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

CNC Programmer

  • 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 extremely helpful 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:

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

instructor and students
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, that 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.


Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Department Head

Chelsea Barron, RSE

Ali Daeizadeh, RSE

Thomas Green, MEd, RSE

Andy Hofmann, RSE

Stefano Pettenon, RSE
Acting Department Head

Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ

Mustafa Sajid, RSE, Tool and Die ON

Greg Wahl, RSE, Tool and Die IP


Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Associate Dean

Andrey Murphy
Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant

Richard Smith
Tool Room Attendant

Daniel Szakaly
Tool Room Attendant

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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