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Note: Apprentices beginning Level 1 or 2 after April 1, 2020 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Machinist Apprenticeship section below for further information.

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.
Meet Kevin Schaftlein, third year Machinist Apprentice
student in lab

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 Chief Instructor Marte Arreola.

Program Entry

Pathways

There are two ways of beginning your new career as a machinist apprentice:

  1. Take our Machinist Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects, assignments and theory assignments, you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By completing the program, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Level 1 of our Machinist Apprenticeship training.
  2. Find employment under a machinist who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice machinist, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Recommended for success

Grade 10 education or equivalent*, including:

*High school graduation is preferred.

Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

View our full Admissions and Registration Privacy Notice

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. 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 training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots and eye protection. There is an approved book list for the machinist apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

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

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0700-1330, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Program matrix

Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
  AMCH 1GAP Machinist Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
 
Level 2 (8 weeks) Credits
  AMCH 2GAP Machinist Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 16.0
 
Level 3 (8 weeks) Credits
  AMCH 3GAP Machinist Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 16.0
 
Level 4 (6 weeks) Credits
  AMCH 4GAP Machinist Apprentice Level 4 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 12.0
 
Total Credits: 58.0

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

Program length

Current stream

The total amount of in-school technical training for the current stream is 780 hours over four levels:

  • Level 1 - 6 weeks
  • Level 2 - 6 weeks
  • Level 3 - 7 weeks
  • Level 4 - 7 weeks

Harmonized stream

The total amount of in-school technical training for the harmonized stream is 870 hours over four levels:

  • Level 1 - 7 weeks
  • Level 2 - 8 weeks
  • Level 3 - 8 weeks
  • Level 4 - 6 weeks

Grading

The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

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.

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Instructors

Marte Arreola, MEd, RSE
Department Head

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

Staff


Kacem Habiballah, MA
Associate Dean

Andrey Murphy
Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant

Richard Smith
Tool Room Attendant

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