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Mechanical Technician - General Machinist (Co-op)

Program Details

Credential: 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 Availability

Conestoga 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.
Work/Study Sequence
Year Fall (Sept. - Dec.) Winter (Jan. - April) Spring (May - Aug.)
Year 1 Classes Classes Work Term 1
Year 2 Work Term 2 Classes Classes

*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



Sample Job Titles

Apprentice Tool and Die/Tool Maker, Apprentice General Machinist, Machine Tool Builder Integrator Apprentice, Mouldmaker Apprentice, Practical Mechanical Technician, CNC Operator

Program Courses

To see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.

Wage Data

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.

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Contact Information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Tasha Lechowicz
Employer Relations Consultant
Tlechowicz@conestogac.on.ca


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