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Machining

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

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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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 to do detailed work and automation.

This program trains you in both methods. You enter the job market qualified to work in the machining industries.

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

Choose NSCC

  • 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.

Other info

  • 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.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available

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.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

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

Future study options

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

MACD 1000 - General Safety
This course will introduce learners to safety practices relevant to the Machine Shop including general shop safety, safe rigging practices, WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to identify common machine shop hazards, perform safe rigging for the machine shop, and understand their rights in safety matters.

MACD 1003 - Basic Sawing and Grinding Operations
This course will cover the theory and use of the common machine shop tools such as the power cut-off saws, band saws, grinders, and hand presses and the safe methods of use for these machines and their attachments. Learners will also learn how to adjust, repair and maintain these machines and their accessories.

MACD 1004 - Drilling Operations
This course will cover the theory and use of machine shop drilling machines including sensitive, upright and radial arm as well as the safe practice for the use of these machines and their attachments. Learners will learn the safe methods of operating these machines and practice these methods in the shop. They will also learn how to adjust, repair and maintain these machines and their accessories. In addition, they will receive training in drill sharpening and various drilling tools. The learner will also be instructed in cutting fluid use, selection, handling and safety.

MACD 1005 - Turning Operations I
This course will introduce learners to metal cutting lathes and their operations. Within this course, lathe operation, set ups, maintenance and machine construction will be covered. Learners will demonstrate safe methods of operation of the lathe and practice these methods in the shop.

MACD 1006 - Engineering Drawings I
This course will give the learner an overview of engineered drawings as it applies to their trade area including symbols, sketching and applying drawings to your work.

MACD 1007 - Mathematics I
This course will reinforce basic mathematical concepts and operations used in machining. The topic areas include whole numbers, fractions, ratio and proportion, rectangles and triangles, regular polygons and circles, solids and metric measure.

MACD 1008 - Introduction to Precision Measuring Tools
This course will cover the theory and use of the machine shop precision measuring tools both metric and imperial. Learners will be taught proper care, maintenance, adjustment and calibration of these measuring tools.

MACD 1012 - Engineering Drawings II
In this course learners are given the technical skills to interpret detailed engineering drawings. Learners are instructed in the application of tolerances, fits, threads and sectional views for the production of machined parts.

MACD 1013 - Mathematics II
Learners are introduced to mathematical problems commonly encountered by machinists. Topics include formula applications, plane geometry, and trigonometry, with the emphasis on the solution of problems relating to a wide range of shop applications.

MACD 1015 - Milling Operations I
This course will introduce learners to basic milling operations. Within this course, milling machine operation, set up, maintenance and machine construction will be covered. Learners will demonstrate safe methods of operation of the milling machine and practice these methods in the shop.

MACD 1017 - Threading Operations I
This course will introduce learners to common threaded fasteners and their uses. Learners will be instructed how to cut 60 degree threads. Learners will receive instruction in grinding various styles of threading tools, common set-ups and procedures for threading operations and measurement.

MACD 1019 - Turning Operations II
This course will introduce learners to the use of the lathe and carbide tools in turning between centres and taper turning. Learners will be taught common set-ups and procedures used in lathe operation. Learners will also be introduced to safe methods of operation and practice these methods in the shop.

MACD 1020 - Introduction to Hand Tools
This course will cover the safe use of the common hand tools and devices used in machine shop work. Learners will be taught how to select the proper tools and demonstrate the correct use and maintenance of those tools. Course material also covers the theory and use of common machine shop semi-precision measuring tools, both metric and imperial. Care, maintenance, adjustment and calibration of these measuring tools will be addressed.

MACD 1100 - Work Experience I
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the machining and manufacturing industry. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

MACD 3000 - CNC Fundamentals
This course will introduce the learner to the fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools, including history, advantages/disadvantages of CNC, basic machine construction, terminology and coordinate systems. General shop safety will be reviewed and safety specific to CNC machine tools will be covered.

MACD 3001 - CNC Process Planning
Learners will plan and document procedures to bring a CNC process from startup to finished production.

MACD 3002 - CNC Programming
This course covers basic Numerical Control (NC) language needed to program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Tools.

MACD 3003 - CNC Operations
In this course the learner will set up parts, tools, work holding devices and machines necessary for the manufacture of parts on CNC machining and turning centres.

MACD 3004 - Machining CAD
This course provides a review of blueprint reading and an introduction to computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques as applied to the field of manufacturing technology. The course is intended to develop basic CAD drafting skills.

MACD 3006 - Turning Operations III
This course builds upon knowledge and skills gained in the first year of the Machining Program from the Turning Operations I and II and Threading Operations. Indexable Carbide Tooling and more advanced work holding methods, set-ups and threading operations will be covered. Also operations such as tool post grinding, eccentrics turning and contour forming will be performed. The course will advance the learners in thread cutting by producing ACME, square, left-hand and multiple start threads.

MACD 3007 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
This is an introduction to the fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, a system employed by industry. This course will provide learners with the skills to read and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to simple engineering drawings. Learners will also understand new terminology, definitions and terms from the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard (ASME Y14.5M-1999) and apply the symbols to a CAD basic blueprint drawing.

MACD 3009 - Computer Aided Manufacture
The fundamentals of CAM are a necessary background for those employed in the CNC machining and manufacturing field. Generating part programs through the use of CAD CAM software is an important skill to be developed by the technician and is used extensively in the machining and manufacturing environment. This course provides an introduction to Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) as applied in the field of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Manufacturing. The course is intended to develop basic 2D CAM skills.

MACD 3010 - Milling Operations II
This course will cover the information pertaining to indexable carbide tooling and more advanced work holding methods and set-ups.

MACD 3011 - Advanced Milling Attachments
This course introduces advanced milling attachments and their use. Learners will have the opportunity to produce and check parts in a shop setting. Operations such as hole boring, spur gear cutting and dove tail cutting will be performed by learners. Learners will also use indexing heads and rotary tables to produce parts.

MACD 3100 - Work Experience II
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the machining and manufacturing industry. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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