About the Program
International students are eligible to enrol in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist program, and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, however, that Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.
A graduate of the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist certificate is responsible for manufacturing components for the oil and gas, mining, forestry, construction and transportation industries. A CNC machinist will demonstrate trade specific skills in programming, setup and operation of computer controlled tools. Graduates will also perform competently when working with manual machine tools.
Machinists are able to work efficiently on their own and/or in team environments where problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and current knowledge of technological trends and quality practices are essential to daily work. A graduate with a CNC Machinist certificate may be given the opportunity to apprentice in the machinist trade. This program has both fall and winter intakes.
The CNC Machinist certificate provides students with instruction and practical experience in two areas of the machinist trade.
- Manual machining
- CNC (computer numerical control) machining
The program combines training with a work experience placement in a machine shop or manufacturing plant. Students who maintain a specified level of marks will be allowed to challenge the first year apprenticeship exam.
The CNC Machinist certificate was profiled in Project President, where NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham learned to make the "cube inside a cube" and a food-grade stainless steel wine stopper, typical activities that students will do. See the full story and photo gallery.
The School of Skilled Trades
NAIT's School of Skilled Trades offers training in over 40 program areas leading to journeyperson certification and certificate and diploma credentials.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $950
Semester 2: $450
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 10 English
- Grade 10 Math. The following courses can be used to meet this requirement: Math 10, 13, 24, Applied, Pure, 10C, 10-3.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
It is advantageous for applicants seeking entrance into this program to have:
- a mechanical background
- manual dexterity
- the ability to lift up to 20 kilograms
The final component in the CNC Machinist certificate is an 8-week work practicum. This gives students an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an industrial setting by working in a machine shop or manufacturing plant.
- Length: 8 weeks
- Salary: none
- Relocation: Relocation is not required
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.