Apprenticeship

Machinist

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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

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.

Credential

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.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Periods

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, fibreglass 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.

Resources

Have questions?

Contact Student Service Centre

General program information

Email: Manufacturing@nait.ca



Periods

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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

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

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Period 1

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $450.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $200.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $150.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $150.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • 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

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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