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Machinist Technician

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Start a career as a machinist in industries like oil and gas manufacturing and medical technology with this program that covers blueprint reading and process planning, machining and metal cutting with mills, drills, lathes and grinders.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,481
Year 1 (International): $16,778

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Program Description

This full-time program is a great way to start your career as a Machinist - a rewarding and challenging trade with precision and craftsmanship as core attributes. As a Machinist Technician, you'll set up and operate precision equipment for the production of a variety of components and assemblies. Machinists make or modify primarily metal components to very fine tolerances. At 30 weeks in length (900 hours), this program contains content nearly double that afforded by the Machinist apprenticeship stream for equivalent periods. You will learn skills including, but not limited to: machining, machine set-up, blueprint reading, process planning, design validation, precision measurement, and heat treatment.

Metal cutting and shaping operations use a variety of machine tools, including conventional mills, drills, lathes, and grinders. As modern machine tools are often computer-driven, a Machinist Technician may be responsible for programming and operating high-tech Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment such as CNC mills, lathes, Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM), and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM).

Upon successful completion of your first 15 weeks, you will be eligible to write the first period Machinist apprenticeship exam. At the end of 30 weeks, you will be eligible to write the second period Machinist apprenticeship exam. Upon successful completion of the entire program, you will receive a SAIT Machinist Technician Certificate.

Your Career

Modern machine shops are clean and safe work environments. Machinist Technicians may find employment in a variety of industries including but not limited to transportation, oil and gas manufacturing, medical technology, wherever equipment is being manufactured or repaired.

Graduates of the Machinist Technician program benefit from a high level of industry demand, having achieved recognized training equivalent to the first two periods of the Machinist apprenticeship program. A certificate from the SAIT Machinist Technician program demonstrates the core competencies required for success in the Machinist trade.

  • Graduates of the Machinist Technician program have a 100% employment rate.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Machinist Technician.

Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to write the first and second-year Provincial Apprenticeship Board exams for the machinist trade provided they attain a minimum of 65% in all their courses. Apprenticeship exam fees will be required.

Transfer Options

 Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students. 

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2,
  • Science 10
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 4) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Machinist Technician and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Courses

Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • This program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BLPR-202 Blueprint Reading 1.5
MACH-204 Machinist Theory I 3.0
MACH-205 Machine Shop I 6.0
MATH-209 Mathematics 1.5
MNFG-223 Computer Numerical Control I 1.5
WELD-218 Welding 1.5
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MACH-254 Machinist Theory II 1.5
MACH-255 Machine Shop II 6.0
MATH-259 Mathematics II 1.5
MNFG-258 Computer Numerical Control II 1.5
MNFG-260 Computer Aided Manufacturing 1.5
EMTL-203 Metallurgy 1.5
Semester 2 Total 13.5
Program Total 28.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,519 $440 $523 $5,481

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,815 $440 $523 $16,778

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies for both semesters are approximately $325. (there is some fluctuation with module pricing).
  • Optional text, "Machinery's Handbook", is approximately $160.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Manufacturing and Automation
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Nathan valued the hands-on experience gained from the program that he knows will help on the job.

Nathan Aldous
Machinist Technician | 2015

“I was in the shop for three hours every day,” he says. “It gives me the skills before I get the job. I’ll go in (to the work force) knowing how to do something.”