What to Expect
The CNC Machinist certificate offers both theory and hands-on shop experience.
- During the first semester of the CNC Machinist certificate, students will receive training on manual machines such as engine lathes, milling machines, drill presses and grinders.
- In the second semester, students receive training on the operation, set up and programming of CNC (computer numerical control) turning and milling centres.
- The final component is 8 weeks of work experience, which gives students an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an industrial setting by working in a machine shop or manufacturing plant.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
- 15 hours per week studying and completing assignments
- 40 hours per week working during the 8-week work experience term
Top-notch learning environments give students the edge. Machinist students gain skills on the most technologically-advanced equipment available in the NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology.
NAIT’s Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology opened with a $2-million donation from Sandvik Coromant of Canada. The centre includes 5 labs with $4.5 million of new equipment, a centralized tool crib to store and distribute tools to each lab, 5 smart classrooms with data projection and network access, and two 26-seat computer labs used for programming the 20 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) units in the CNC Machinist Lab.
- both CNC turning and machining centres
- state-of-the-art computer labs and programming software
- manual lathes
- manual milling machines
- drill presses
- precision grinders
- heat treating facilities
Is This Program For You?
People who are successful in the machine shop field generally demonstrate
- good hand-working skills
- good problem-solving capabilities
- mechanical inclination
- an ability to work well with others
- competence in math
- mature attitudes toward learning and work
Skills you will acquire
- working with tools
- operating drilling machines
- operating lathes
- operating milling machines
- CNC machining and turning centres
- hardening and tempering operations
- simple maintenance and servicing tasks
- reading blueprints and making simple sketches
Our curriculum aligns with the knowledge and skills business and industry is looking for in our graduates and the demand for our students is high. Theoretical concepts learned in a classroom setting are reinforced by lab and shop activities with state-of-the-art equipment and training aids by highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff. This provides students with an experience that simulates actual workplace situations, assisting with the school-to-work transition.
The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.
Being an apprentice student is quite different from being a full-time student. Apprentices are in school for short periods of time and some programs are on satellite campuses. Our goal is to improve communication with apprentices on all campuses to ensure you have access to all the services we have to offer at NAIT for you to be successful.
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- Frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship process
Women in Technology and Trades
The CNC Machinist certificate program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.