SPECIAL NOTICE: In order to maintain physical distancing and comply with public health regulations, Fanshawe may deliver this program through a blend of online and face to face classes this fall, where Ministry-approved. Students will need to have technology necessary to complete online learning and this may include a webcam, internet access and a computer. Please consult your Program Coordinator for applicability to your level of study.

Overview - 2021/2022

The modern manufacturing process is hard working and sophisticated. And the modern machinist needs an up-to-date toolkit to be respected and qualified.

A general machinist builds, installs, operates, maintains and repairs machines and machine tools. Some parts of the manufacturing industry have changed, but you know it takes dedication, hard work and attention to detail. You want to combine training with earning power, so you’ve chosen the apprenticeship component, where you’ll mix workplace-based training under the direction of experienced workers. You’ll combine that with short stints in the classroom or in an online training environment.

You’ll learn to operate precision metal-cutting instruments and grinding machines including lathes, drills and grinders and milling machines. You’ll also learn to use sophisticated computerized numeric control (CNC) systems, which require enhanced math and reading skills. But don’t worry, Fanshawe’s expert instructors and your workplace mentors will guide you every step of the way.

If you like to work with your hands, and like to see what you’ve created at the end of a long day, this program is for you. You’ll graduate a skilled craftsperson who can modify and repair custom, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs and fixtures, with pride and confidence in your work and your toolkit.


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 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.

More information about Apprenticeships at Fanshawe.

Employment Ontario
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


More Information - 2021/2022

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Program Code
Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Jeff Walker

Ontario College Certificate