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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a machinist. You want to set up and operate precision metal cutting and grinding machines, such as lathes, milling machines, drills and grinders. You want to make and repair products made from metal, plastic, rubber textile and alloys.

But you want to learn more, like how to incorporate manual machining knowledge with CNC machining techniques. You want to get better at grinding, gearing and milling. You also want more practice with trigonometry and trade math, which is essential for CNC programming, and using instruments such as micrometers and calipers to measure samples.

At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • The Machinist program also offers a 1-year certificate option
  • operating a lathe, drill press, bench grinder and power cut-off saw
  • calculating dimensions and tolerances
  • taking and making precise measurements
  • measuring and marking metal and other materials

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you enjoy doing creative work with machinery that requires a high degree of skill and precision, then you will enjoy working as a machinist.

Machinists produce parts for various uses and repairs when it is impossible or too costly to purchase them. You may have to stand for long periods of time, and safety is important as you will be working with high-speed machinery and sharp metals and tools.

To be successful as a machinist, you must have:

  • the ability to use your hands skillfully and quickly
  • mechanical aptitude
  • the ability to estimate and measure sizes and lengths accurately
  • the ability to lift in excess of 25 kgs
  • the ability to work independently at high-concentration tasks
  • basic computer knowledge

Training at NAIT

The Machinist apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a machinist, you will be employed wherever equipment is being manufactured or repaired, in factories or industrial plants or for large organizations such as government departments or maintenance companies.

Experienced machinists may become inspectors, supervisors or superintendents, or you can start your own business.


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General program information

Email: Manufacturing@nait.ca


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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise required to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in theory, tools, safety, and heat treatment, trade mathematics, print reading and is mostly lathe operations.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in theory, tools, metallurgy, trade mathematics, print reading and shopwork, based on milling machine operations both manual and CNC mills.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in theory, trade mathematics, print reading, advanced CNC turning center operations and programming (CAD/CAM).

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in theory, milling theory, both manual and CNC with the majority spent on advanced CNC operation and programming CAD/CAM and inspection.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $450.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $200.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $150.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $150.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Beyond the Classroom

Improve your skills or explore new abilities by participating in clubs, competitions and student showcase events. You'll also get access to the best equipment available on the market.


Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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