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CNC/MasterCAM Programming (Part-time)

Program Code:
Engineering & Information Technology

About the Program

This comprehensive CNC program has been designed to prepare the participant for many careers in the manufacturing industry and machine shop environment. Participants will be able to understand and apply Computerized Numerical Control technology (CNC) from basic to advanced applications. Participants will also be developing CNC programs for various CNC machines such as drills, mills, machining centres and lathes, using verifiable manual and computerized methods of part program preparation. The focus of the program is on practical industrial applications, problem solving and professional approach.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

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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.

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Graduate Opportunities

Course participants will be qualified to apply CNC programming knowledge in many areas - as CNC Programmers, CNC Operators, CNC Machine Setup, Shop Supervisors, Manufacturing Engineers, CAD/CAM Operators, Machine and CAD/CAM Sales, Mechanical and Electronic Service Technicians, and many other related opportunities in a manufacturing environment.

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
DRWG1515 Advanced MasterCAM 3D
Description: Recommended: A strong knowledge of CNC programming techniques, particularly geometry creation as well as 2D toolpath techniques and format.

Covering basic 3D concepts, this course teaches the practical applications of three dimensional model construction and 3D procedures applied to Computerized Numerical Control. Students will be able to apply these concepts to machine shop applications.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
DRWG1535 Mastercam 2 1/2 D
Description: Recommended: A strong knowledge of NC/CNC, use of G-codes and M-codes.

Exposing the experienced programmer to the increasingly preferred method of generating part programs using MasterCAM, this course starts with the general CNC concepts. The course lessons apply directly to machining operations, mainly to machining centers with a demonstration of lathe programming.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
PROG1755 CNC Programming - Basic
Description: Recommended: Knowledge of general machine shop practices, including clamping, cutting tools, speeds and feeds, blueprint reading and Grade 11 math.

This introductory CNC course is designed for students interested in the general field of Computerized Numerical Control (CNC), who have some machining and engineering drawing interpretation experience. This course is aimed towards general machinists, machine operators, designers and engineers, production planners, CAD/CAM and other professionals, as well as quality technicians who want to understand and apply the complexities of this modern manufacturing process. The main topics will cover all general principles and requirements of CNC programming, from the basic elements to actual development of simple part programs for common machining operations. To gain hands on experience students will use tool path simulation software.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
PROG1765 CNC Programming - Intermediate
Description: Recommended: CNC Programming Basic or equivalent industrial experience with CNC machine tool operation and programming.
This Intermediate CNC programming course has been developed for students who have a basic knowledge and/or some experience in programming or operating CNC machines. The main subjects covered in this course are fixed cycles in detail, contour programming (linear and circular interpolation), repetitive cuts, cutter radius offset, special calculations and subprogram development. Several concepts introduced in the Basic course will be reinforced, and many new subjects will be introduced for CNC machining centers.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
PROG1775 CNC Programming - Advanced
Description: Recommended: CNC Programming Intermediate.

Having successfully completed the Basic and Intermediate course levels of CNC Programming, the student would go on to study advanced programming techniques focusing on topics such as threadmilling, multi-start threading with introduction to subprogramming and macro programming techniques for both Machining and Turning centers.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Spring Fall Winter
DRWG1515 Advanced MasterCAM 3D X
DRWG1535 MasterCAM 2 1/2 D X
PROG1755 CNC Programming - Basic X X X
PROG1765 CNC Programming - Intermediate X X X
PROG1775 CNC Programming - Advanced X  
Online Equivalencies
Course Code Course Title Online Code Online Course Title
PROG1755 CNC Programming - Basic PROG1755 CNC Programming - Basic
PROG1765 CNC Programming - Intermediate PROG1765 CNC Programming - Intermediate

All efforts will be made to adhere to this schedule, however the college reserves the right to make adjustments when necessary.
* To learn more about online course offerings, visit Distance Learning - OntarioLearn.


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.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Carol Schlievert,, 519-748-5220 ext. 2390

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