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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available


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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Machinist trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Machinist is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • 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 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 Precision Measuring Tools
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 1020   Introduction to Hand Tools
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 3006   Turning Operations III
MACD 3007   Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
MACD 3009   Computer Aided Manufacture
MACD 3010   Milling Operations II
MACD 3011   Advanced Milling Attachments
MACD 3100   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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