Mechanical Techniques - Precision Machining and Tooling


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About the Program

Are you interested in a high demand career in the advanced manufacturing sector? This program introduces you to theoretical and hands-on training, on both CNC and conventional machines. As a graduate of this program, you may be eligible to enter directly into the second year of the Mechanical Technician - General Machinist or Tool and Die/Tool Maker program. Additionally, you may not be required to complete the in-school apprenticeship training for level 1 should you choose to pursue a general machinist or tool and die/tool maker apprenticeship.

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Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 4

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Mechanical Techniques - Precision Machining and Tooling - Program # 1428

Doon - Fall 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-09-08)
Description Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $0.00 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $20.95 $28.45
Administration Fee $18.40 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08 $77.08
CSI Association Fee $84.50 $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $30.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $15.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $3.50 $4.00
Locker Fee $0.00 $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00 $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00 $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00 $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $0.00 $65.00
Session Total $2103.58 $1970.08
Year Total   $4073.66

International fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

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

A graduate of this program is able to analyze job requirements and determine job sequencing to manufacture parts to ensure a quality product. Graduates may be eligible to enter directly into the second year of the Mechanical Technician - General Machinist or Tool and Die/Tool Maker or the non-funded CNC program. In addition, a graduate of this program may not be required to complete the in-school apprenticeship training for level 1 should they choose to pursue a general machinist or tool and die/tool maker apprenticeship.

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. 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. 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 (1428)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1

DRWG1330 Mechanical Engineering Drawings

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the skills necessary to read shop-related blueprints. The student 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: 42
Credits: 3

MACH1940 Precision Machining Theory I

Description: This course will introduce students to the theory involved in the safe and efficient operation of conventional machine tools used in a manufacturing environment as well as the application of metallurgy, metrology and industrial safety regulations.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

MACH1955 Precision Machining Practice I

Description: This course will introduce the student to hands on machining processes and applications involved in the safe operation of machine tools.
Hours: 154
Credits: 8

MATH1040 Applied Technical Mathematics

Description: This course 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. Students will perform occupational calculations in the Imperial and Metric systems to solve technical problems and will read and interpret data pertaining to metal machining.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Level 2
MACH1165 CNC Manual Programming

Description: This course introduces the student to manual CNC programming. Students will be required to produce CNC turning/machining center programs then verify programs utilizing CNC simulation software and CNC machine tools.
Hours: 84
Credits: 5

MACH1965 Precision Machining Theory II

Description: This course continues with precision theory for general machining and tool and die. Advanced turning, milling and grinding theory as well as the principles involved in metal cutting will allow the student to machine complex components.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: MACH1940, MACH1955

MACH1975 Precision Machining Practice II

Description: This course continues with advanced practice for general machining and tool and die. Advanced turning, milling and grinding processes will be utilized to allow the student to machine complex components.
Hours: 140
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: MACH1940, MACH1955

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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Program Handbook


Apply Now

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 the Ontario International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


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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.