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Mechanical Techniques - CNC Setup

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2014 / 2015

About the Program

Mechanical Techniques - CNC Setup is a 36-week full-time program with a combination of theoretical and practical instruction. Fully mastering the use of a CNC machine tool requires an understanding of distinctly different disciplines. First, a CNC program must be developed. This is the responsibility of a CNC programmer. Second, the machine must be made ready to run workpieces. This is the responsibility of a CNC setup person and the focus of this program. The CNC setup person will also be trained to instruct the operator on the operation of the setup once the setup is completed. With an emphasis on setting up CNC equipment for production, this program also teaches students how to create and edit programs and optimize production. Students will learn both CNC and operator skills in one program.

Program Information

Length: 36-week Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Suspended) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMP1020 Computer Applications

Description: This introductory course will enable the learner to effectively use P.C. based software.
The learner will use Windows commands to manipulate files.
The learner will communicate using word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, and combinations of the three to prepare effective documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

DRWG1330 Mechanical Engineering Drawings I

Description: This module is designed to introduce the apprentice to the skills necessary to read shop-related blueprints. The apprentice will then be able to transfer dimensioned information to measurements on a workpiece, identify the features of a workpiece by interpreting a two or three view mechanical drawing, sketch to scale the three principle views of a workpiece or a pictorial view, and demonstrate layout procedures.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MACH1130 Precision Machining Theory and Practice I

Description: This course will introduce the student to the processes, procedures and applications involved in the operation of conventional machine tools used in a manufacturing environment. Topics will include saws, drilling machines, lathes, milling machines and surface grinders in addition to the bench working tools, accessories and fasteners and routine housekeeping required to meet the government safety regulations, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards.
Hours: 150
Credits: 10

MACH1140 Metrology I

Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of dimensional metrology and the use of basic measuring equipment. The operating principles, techniques, inspection and checking procedures will be emphasized.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MACH1560 Health and Safety

Description: This course provides the student with the fundamental concepts of the Occupational Health and Safety with specific reference to federal and provincial legislation. The student will identify and recognize workplace responsibilities, health issues, hazard concerns, controls, WHMIS and power requirements.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MATH1040 Applied Technical Mathematics I

Description: This module, when successfully completed, will provide an understanding of terminology, basic concepts and applications of algebra, geometry and introductory trigonometry in solving technical problems pertaining to metal machining. The fundamentals of International System of Units (SI) will be discussed to assist students in developing a functional knowledge of the metric system. Perform occupational calculations in the imperial and metric systems to solve technical problems pertaining to metal machining.
The student will be aware and understand technical resources containing various data pertaining to metal machining. Mathematical tables, industrial standards, engineering materials tabulated values and machining operations-related data, tables and charts will be correctly selected, interpreted and applied in metal removal operations. Read and interpret technical data pertaining to metal machining.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

Level 2
DRWG1350 Generic CAD (2D)

Description: This course introduces the student to Computer Aided Design (CAD). Students will be required to produce two dimensional detail and assembly drawings in a 2D environment.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

DRWG3140 CAD CAM Applications

Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts and applications of an integrated CAD CAM system. The student will develop fully documented CNC program files using the CAD CAM system. The following machining processes will be covered; milling, turning and wire EDM in a 2D environment.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

MACH1850 CNC Setup and Operations

Description: This course is designed to teach the student the skills necessary to set up CNC turning/machining centres. The student will read set up sheets, select cutting tools, and mount tooling in the turret or automatic tool changer. Participants will also learn how to select and mount work holding devices as well as set zero positions.
Hours: 227
Credits: 11

MACH1860 CNC Consoles

Description: This course is designed to teach the student the complexities of CNC controls including CRT, D.N.C., memory, and editing functions. In addition, the student will become familiar with special machine function controls for removal of chips and automatic tool changing.
Hours: 25
Credits: 2

MACH1870 Fundamentals of Manual CNC Programming

Description: This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the functions of major components of CNC systems, the application of Cartesian co-ordinates to CNC machine tool motions, and axis designation. The student will also be introduced to the fundamentals of manual programming for contouring CNC machines involving simple linear and circular interpolation CNC terminology. As well, the student will write simple CNC part programs for continuous path machining operations and prove programs using computerized CNC simulation.
Hours: 100
Credits: 5

MACH1880 Applications of Conventional Machining

Description: This course provides the student with the practical application of metal working. Concepts and activities will include safe working conditions, fitting and hand assembly using bench hand tools, and metal removing utilizing machine tools including the lathe, mill, saw and drills.
Hours: 96
Credits: 5

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Consortia

The College appoints Program Advisory Consortia members for apprenticeship programs. The committee acts as a sponsor group to register student apprentices in some of the programs they oversee. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Consortia.

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.
Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.


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