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.

Overview

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. 

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operator working with machines

Admissions 

This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 
519-675-7788
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
GMC2S
Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Christine Zimmerman

Delivery
Apprenticeship
Credential
Ontario College Certificate

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SFTY-1052Applied Trade Safety Practices1
This course is designed to cover the rules and regulations an apprentice must be aware of when working in an industrial machine shop in Ontario. Portions of the legislation in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) will be reviewed.
MACH-1159Metallurgy1
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to describe metal characteristics and properties, metal manufacturing processes, and systems of classification and identification
MACH-1156Benchworking Techniques1
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to apply benchworking techniques and to operate tools and equipment to fit and assemble components
MACH-1158Metal Cutting Saw Technology1
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate metal cutting saws to cut and shape workpieces.
MACH-1157Drilling Technology1
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate drill presses/machines to drill, counterbore, countersink, spotface, deburr, ream and tap work pieces
MACH-1161Turning Technology2
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate a lathe to parallel turn and face; centre drill, parallel turn to a shoulder; turn external tapers or angles; cut chamfers and external crew threads and drill and ream.
MACH-1162Vertical Milling Technology2
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate vertical milling machines to mill surfaces, shapes, and forms, counter bore/spot face holes; and drill holes
MACH-1163Surface Grinding Technology1
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate surface grinding machines to surface grind horizontal, vertical, and angular flat and parallel surfaces.
MACH-1160Metrology-Measuring & Checking2
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to operate, and interpret readings of direct/indirect linear measuring instruments
MATH-1190Applied Trade Calculations3
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to apply mathematical principles to trade-specific applications
DRAF-1061Engineering Drawings3
This course is designed to enable the apprentice to interpret engineered documentation and to perform sketching procedures
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