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Practical CNC Machining (Part-time)

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Engineering & Information Technology

About the Program

The intent of the Practical CNC Machining program is to address the practical machining skills needed by students who are studying CNC programming. This part-time program will be approximately 142 hours in duration and encompass a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge with a focus on practical applications in the CNC machining environment.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

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

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

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.

Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
MACH1200 Machine Practice
Description: In this course, students will study and apply general and specific safe practices relating to working in the machine shop environment. Skills addressed include machining materials to geometric dimensions and tolerances. Cutter compensation will also be practiced.
Hours: 52
Credits: 4
MACH1210 Introduction to CNC Practical
Description: Students will learn how to properly setup a CNC machine, encompassing tool selection, setting work offsets, and program initialization. Students will operate a CNC machine to execute a working program.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: PROG1757, PROG1758, MACH1200, PROG1755
MACH1220 CNC Lathe Practical
Description: Using a CNC lathe, students will independently write a program, setup, complete machine setup, select tooling and execute a program. Students will learn to edit programs in progress. This course will be project based.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
MILL1370 CNC Mill Practice
Description: Using a CNC mill, students will independently write a program, setup, complete machine setup, select tooling and execute a program. Students will learn to edit programs in progress. This course will be project based
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: MACH1210
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


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

Davor Maletic,, 519-748-5220 ext. 2391

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