Mechanical Technician - General Machinist (Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 2.5-Year Ontario College Diploma
This two-year diploma program prepares students to produce high-quality tooling and machined components for the precision machining and tool industries.
The curriculum includes the production, repair and modification of custom-made prototypes, special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges - as well as high-precision hand fitting, positioning, aligning and assembly techniques for stamping dies and special purpose machinery. In the final term, students specialize in advanced machining practices.
This program covers all learning outcomes for Level 1 and Level 2 of the apprenticeship program. Co-op students have an opportunity to be exempt from Level 1 before their co-op terms and graduates also have the opportunity to be exempt from Level 2 if they pursue a general machinist or tool making apprenticeship. Students do not need to be registered as apprentices to have an employer sponsor to participate in this program.
Graduates have gained knowledge in supporting technologies that influence parts manufacturing and the additional skills allowing them to adapt to evolving technology including computer-integrated manufacturing and machining practices.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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*Note: The work/study sequence for this program has changed. Beginning with the spring 2018 semester, a new group of students will be available for 8 months (May to the end of December).
Work Term Capabilities
- Produce at rate comparable with a Year I Apprentice in all aspects of machining including saws, hand tools, drilling machines, lathes, milling machines, surface and cylindrical grinders
- Identify the physical, chemical and mechanical properties and describe the identification systems and heat treatment processes of ferrous, non-ferrous and non-metallic components
- Develop the ability to understand various types of blueprints, shop prints and schematics used in an industrial environment and capable of understanding and interpreting G D & T symbols
- Use applied technical math to solve shop related problems in both the Imperial system (inch) and Systems International (metric)
- Able to use both simple and complex measuring equipment to inspect, check and manufacture components in terms of size, surface quality, mechanical properties and conformance
- Familiar with Windows software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and research capabilities
- Interpret and reference technical data charts and tables used in manufacturing environments
- Basic programming using FANUC G-code programming for CNC machining centres and CNC turning centres
- Select cutting tool materials to meet required applications, analyze and optimize cutting conditions
- Understand different manufacturing methods and machining processes associated with standard toolroom machinery and theoretical knowledge of additional diverse advanced machining techniques
- Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical experience to be integrated and perform in a fast-paced manufacturing setting as a productive member of the workforce with the willingness to learn and expand knowledge and practical expertise
- Familiar with generic WHMIS, lock-out and tag-out, shop hazards and fire emergency procedures
Sample Job TitlesApprentice Tool and Die/Tool Maker, Apprentice General Machinist, Machine Tool Builder Integrator Apprentice, Mouldmaker Apprentice, Practical Mechanical Technician, CNC Operator
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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