Develop skills to produce one-of-a-kind and manufactured components using conventional hand-controlled methods and CNC machines.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Manufacturing and industrial environments rely on two methods of machining: conventional hand-controlled methods and Computer Numerical Control (CNC). With CNC, a computerized machine is programmed for very fine or detailed work and automation. This program trains you in both methods so that you can enter the job market qualified to work in the machining industries.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"If you are hands-on, and a visual learner with strong math skills."
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    Favourite"Shop class and cutting metal within thousandths of an inch."
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    Highlight"The hands-on aspect of the Machining program, small class size, and the experienced instructors."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Machinist trade. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • This program gives you the skills and knowledge to succeed in the machining industries. Your CNC training will build on the machine shop skills developed earlier in the program. You study the theory and then put that theory into action with a lot of practical, hands-on experience, plus a work term opportunity.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • The machining trades are very diverse and can lead skilled workers into many different career choices: manufacturing or processing plants, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines, shipyards and in private machine shops.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Red Seal – Machinist is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
MACD 1000   General Safety
MACD 1001   Introduction to Hand Tools
MACD 1002   Introduction to Measuring Tools I
MACD 1003   Basic Sawing and Grinding Operations
MACD 1004   Drilling Operations
MACD 1005   Turning Operations I
MACD 1006   Engineering Drawings I
MACD 1007   Mathematics I
MACD 1008   Introduction to Measuring Tools II
MACD 1012   Engineering Drawings II
MACD 1013   Mathematics II
MACD 1015   Milling Operations I
MACD 1017   Threading Operations I
MACD 1019   Turning Operations II
MACD 1100   Work Experience I
MACD 3000   CNC Fundamentals
MACD 3001   CNC Process Planning
MACD 3002   CNC Programming
MACD 3003   CNC Operations
MACD 3004   Machining CAD
MACD 3005   Milling Operations II
MACD 3006   Turning Operations III
MACD 3007   Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
MACD 3009   Computer Aided Manufacture
MACD 3100   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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