Overview - 2020/2021
In many ways, computers are at the centre of the manufacturing industry. They run the machines that keep our economy strong and dynamic. They also need strong and dynamic technicians to ensure they don't break down and are working to their full potential. If you're excited by the opportunity to work with cutting-edge software in a career that is challenging and highly rewarding, the Mechanical Technician – CNC/CAM program will give you the skills needed to manufacture the perfect career.
You'll focus your learning on machine trade theory, machine shop, mechanical blueprint reading and applied mathematics and Computer Aided Design (CAD). You'll get hands on experience with the computer applications and software used in Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) programs. You'll have cutting –edge knowledge for the always evolving computer manufacturing world. Plus, There's also a mandatory co-op placement in year two of the program, so you can earn while you learn, testing your knowledge in real situations, in real machine shops.
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in production and jobbing shops, aircraft and aerospace, automotive, cabinetmaking, agricultural machinery production, instrumentation and service industries. Begin manufacturing your career today.
"The time I spent at Fanshawe was one of the best phases of my life. Not only because I learned a trade upon which I can build a fruitful career, but also the people and the surrounding environment were always full of positive vibes which helped a lot for a first-timer like me to integrate into the Canadian way of life."
Admission Requirements - 2020/2021
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Mechanical Technician - CNC/CAM-2020/2021
Level 1 DRAF-1056 Blueprint Reading 3 This basic course introduces the student to mechanical blueprint reading. Topics covered will include lines, dimensioning, tolerances, types of projection and methods to interpret working drawings. CADD-1058 Computer Aided Design 1 3 This course is designed to introduce the student to two and three dimensional CAD (computer aided design) using Solidworks software. Topics will include: set up of user interface, file management, creating and editing two dimensional sketch geometry, creating solid models, analyzing and editing geometry to ensure compatibility for use in toolpaths, and creating engineering drawings. DEVL-1054 Skills for Career Success 2 This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication. MACH-1130 Conventional Machine Shop 1 5.5 This course will enable the student to produce machined metal parts to the specifications of a technical drawing, by means of safely operating milling machines, lathes, and surface grinders. COMM-1004 Language & Communication Skills 1 3 COMM1004 provides the student with an opportunity to establish skills in reading, writing and editing documents for work-related and personal uses. Students will also practice important study/reading skills and apply grammar rules. MECH-1075 Conventional Machining Theory 3 This course is an introductory metal machining theory course covering safety, metrology, drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines. MATH-1212 Mathematics for Trades 1 2 An introductory level course that teaches students the necessary mathematical skills that will enable them to be successful in the trades programs. Level 2 CADD-3023 Computer Aided Design 2 2 This course is an introduction to using a CAD software package to create CAD data. The students will learn the essential skills to create 2D geometry and working drawings. MACH-1131 Computer Numerical Control 1 4.5 This course will enable the student to produce machined metal parts to the specifications of a technical drawing, by means of safely setting up, programming, and operating CNC machines. The emphasis is on the CNC Mill, however the operations taught apply to many different types of machine tools. MECH-1077 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 1 1 This is an introductory course designed to introduce students to terms, definitions and concepts used in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. MACH-1129 Jig & Machine Theory 1 This course will introduce the students to concepts related to the design and fabrication of jigs and fixtures that my be required to support CNC operations. It also will cover cutting tool theory and operations as it relates to CNC machining and tooling. MATH-3088 Mathematics for Trades 2A 1 The first of two second-level courses that teach students the necessary mathematical skills that will enable them to be successful in the trades programs. Level 3 CADD-3024 Computer Aided Design 3 2 This course is a continuation of CADD-3023 (Computer Aided Design 2). The students will learn how to manipulate files, merge data from other software, and create other advanced modeling features and create some basic tool paths. MACH-3048 Computer Numerical Control 2 3.5 This course will enable the student to produce written CNC programs to the specifications of a technical drawing. Programs will be written both for the CNC centre, as well as for the 2 axis CNC lathe. Whereas MACH-1131 emphasized the 'Setup and Operation' of CNC machine tools, Mach-3048 will emphasize the 'Programming' aspects of CNC machines. MECH-1076 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 2 1 This is an introductory course designed to introduce students to terms, definitions and concepts used in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. MECH-3031 Jig & Fixtures and Machining 2 1 This course will also cover information concerning tooling selection and how it relates to the finished product on a CNC machine. Setup, documentation and monitoring of the process will also be discussed. There will also be an overview of CNC applications in industry. MATH-3089 Mathematics for Trades 2B 1 The second of two second-level courses that teach students the necessary mathematical skills that will enable them to be successful in the trades programs. COMM-3019 Workplace Skills 2 1 This course will cover topics related to team building and customer relations in a quality focused workplace. Students will also examine leadership and conflict management. COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep 1 This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term. Level 4 CADD-1059 Computer Aided Machining 6 This is a comprehensive level 2D CAM course. The students will learn to generate tool paths on new and previously completed CAD files. The student will generate and verify tool paths of CNC code form 2D and 3D models; some of which will be run on the CNC machine tools. The student will create and import various CAD files from different software packages to create tool paths. The skills learned in this course will prepare the student to work in an engineering/manufacturing environment. MACH-3049 Computer Numerical Control 3 7.5 This course will enable the student to expand on the programming knowledge gained in Mach-3048. Many advanced programming techniques will be covered. These include; 4th axis programming, thread milling, turning shapes with declining slopes, as well as learning to construct programs using variables. MATH-3056 Mathematics 4 2 This applied mathematics course presents students with problems in applied geometry that would help them understand surfaces and solids when working with CNC machines and programs. MACH-1166 Quality Assurance 4 This introductory course examines the concepts and methods used to monitor quality in modern CNC manufacturing environments. There will be an overview of effective inspection methods, data gathering, and other tools used by industry to control production. BUSI-1103 Introduction to Small Business Concepts 3 This introductory course will examine some of the theoretical concepts and practical experiences necessary for effectively running a small business. A wide variety of topics such as the social and ethical responsibility of a contemporary business, the importance of human resource and financial resource management, and the current trends in Canadian business will be studied.
Careers - 2020/2021
Career OpportunitiesProgressive, technologically modern companies are looking for well-trained operators and programmers. The computer numerical programmer is a vital member of their staff. Graduates can expect to work in production and jobbing shops, aircraft and aerospace, automotive, cabinetmaking, agricultural machinery production, instrumentation and service industries.
More Information - 2020/2021A Co-operative Education Program
An Accelerated Ontario College Diploma ProgramProgram Code: MNC2S
Campus Code: ST (ST - St. Thomas)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSt. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030
Program DescriptionThe Mechanical Technician - CNC/CAM program provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the modern machining environment. In the technician program, the emphasis will be on using software and equipment to develop programs using computer aided machining software. Graduates of this program will have experience in process planning, machine set-up, programming, troubleshooting, implementing quality control procedures and computer numerical controlled machining. Technicians must also possess good communication skills and work well in a team environment. In the first year of the program, the student will receive training in conventional machining through courses such as machine trade theory, machine shop, mechanical blueprint reading and applied mathematics. Since computers play an important role in the profession, the courses offered in the program will include an overview of computer applications, numerical control technology and computer aided design in both 2D and 3D modes.
The program has been designed, in consultation with our industry partners, to develop and reinforce important employability skills.
Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines;
- Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements;
- Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures;
- Apply sustainability* best practices in workplaces. 5. use current and emerging technologies* to support the implementation of mechanical engineering projects;
- Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanical engineering;
- Interpret, prepare and modify mechanical engineering drawings and other related technical documents;
- Contribute to the design and the analysis of mechanical components, processes and systems applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering;
- Manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components according to required specifications;
- Verify the specifications of materials, processes and operations to support the design and production of mechanical components;
- Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects;
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.