Students enrolled in the General Machinist modified apprenticeship program will complete all three levels of the program in 24 consecutive weeks. This unique apprenticeship training program is 30 hours per week for the duration of the 24 weeks. Students spend approximately 40% of their time in labs and shops and 60% on theory-based training.

Students enrolled in the program may be required to register as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities through our industry group. Once students have completed the program, they transfer their apprenticeship registration to their employer.

The program covers machining fundamentals that will prepare students for entry-level positions in manufacturing and machine shops. The areas covered include:

  • Properly turning and running a lathe
  • Machining using a mill and grinder
  • Metallurgy
  • Metrology
  • Design
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining fundamentals

The General Machinist apprenticeship program positions students to earn their on-the-job hours following all three levels of in-school training, which can result in a Certificate of Qualification.

Students are provided with a new toolbox and basic supply of machinist tools at the beginning of the year. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices keep their tools as well as their projects. The toolbox and tools valued at over $600 include micrometers, dial indicators, telescoping gauges, vernier calipers, drill bits and more.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent in order to register as an apprentice upon completion of the 24 weeks of the program.

To register for these programs contact the apprenticeship office directly at 519-541-2444 as these programs are not part of the registration process nor are they eligible for OSAP. However, students may qualify for the Canada Apprentice Loan and can learn more at the Government of Canada website.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates have an abundance of opportunities locally as this trade has been identified as one of the areas of skills required by local companies to expand and grow. Graduates will be able to get an apprenticeship as a General Machinist or possibly a tool and die maker, as well as an entry level position as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine operators.