What to Expect
The Machinist program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students in the program can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes and labs
The training for the Machinist program takes place in the technologically advanced NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology on NAIT's Main Campus. The centre includes smart classrooms, computer labs, a centralized tool crib and 5 labs with state-of-the-art equipment.
Our modern shops are equipped with a bench work area and both conventional and CNC (computer numeric controlled) machines, including
- milling machines
- drill presses
- cylindrical and surface grinders
Is This Program For You?
The work is most rewarding for those who enjoy doing creative work with machinery that requires a high degree of skill and precision. To be successful in their trade, machinists need
- the ability to use their hands skilfully and quickly
- mechanical ability
- the ability to estimate and measure sizes and lengths accurately
- the ability to lift over 25 kilograms
- the ability to work independently at tasks that require concentration as well as physical effort
- basic computer knowledge
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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