General Machinist (Block and Day Release) [Apprenticeship]

The General Machinist Apprenticeship program at Fanshawe’s St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus will give you the support to reach your full potential in this field. Students will be taught to build, install, operate, maintain and repair machines. Learn from experienced workers during the apprenticeship component of this program Graduates will feel confident entering the workforce after learning computerized numeric control (CNC) systems.


With the General Machinist Apprenticeship from Fanshawe, you can pursue your passion for hands-on, practical work in this field. You’ll learn to build, install, operate, maintain and repair machines in a supportive environment that will help you reach your full potential. As a student, you’ll learn to operate precision metal-cutting instruments and grinding machines including lathes, drills, grinders, and milling machines. Fanshawe’s program will also ensure that you learn the sophisticated computerized numeric control (CNC) systems that are part of the modern machinist’s toolkit. If you like working with numbers and have strong reading skills, then the opportunities for a satisfying career are endless.

Central to the program is the apprenticeship component. Here, you’ll work under the instruction of experienced workers who will teach you skills and increase your earning power as you enter the workforce. If you prefer to learn and work at the same time, consider pursuing this program that will show you the path to becoming a Machinist. During the apprenticeship program, students will work under the instruction of experienced workers who will teach advanced skills and increase students’ confidence entering the workforce. 

operator working with machines


This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s General Machinist program will have the skills to pursue employment in the manufacturing, automotive, structural and engineering, aerospace, or mould and die Industries or a small machining shop as a:

  • general machinist
  • practical machinist
  • machine repair technician
  • CNC machinist/operator/programmer
  • machining tool operators
  • industrial designers
  • mould maker
  • machine tool builder

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s General Machinist [Apprenticeship] program:

CNC Machinist
Read and interpret specifications and blueprints, calculate dimensions and tolerances to determine requirements for machining.

General Machinist
Cut, shape and finish metal to make precision machined parts used in all areas of manufacturing.

Journeyperson Machinist

Responsible for the safe set up and operation of various pieces of heavy machinery including a tool die maker, CNC lathe machine, forklifts and cranes.

Learning Outcomes

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3



Program Details

Program Code
Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Christine Zimmerman

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