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Mechanical Technician – Manufacturing / Machining

Please note that the January 2022 intake for this program is closed. We invite you to connect with us at to explore future start dates or other program options.

Imagine a world without machines. We would have less of everything … clothes, gadgets, you name it! In the manufacturing industry, a mechanical technician produces parts for a product using a variety of automated machining tools.

Working in the College’s manufacturing and machining facilities on modern, industry-standard equipment, you’ll develop the hands-on skills and problem-solving and data analysis ability to be a valuable member of maintenance and production crews in any type of industry.

In the hands-on lab classes, you will set up and program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to manufacture components from concept to finished product, including using CAD and CAM systems to create detailed drawings and develop tool paths required to complete the machining process.

You have the option to start your apprenticeship and will also have unique opportunities to put your skills into practice by working on real community and applied research projects.

Optional Paid Co-op

Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. During this work-integrated learning experience, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, giving you industry training that you can showcase to potential employers when you graduate.

You will be required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term to help you develop an industry-specific résumé and effective interviewing skills. Cambrian’s Career Centre will support you through this process and will also help you to source and apply for placement opportunities.

International students: Study permits prohibit international students from participating in optional co-ops. However, if you are an international student and are interested in work-integrated learning opportunities, visit Cambrian’s Career Centre to discuss available options with a co-op advisor. Opportunities may include volunteer positions or part-time or full-time jobs during academic breaks and/or during the academic year.

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What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Machinist
  • CNC programmer
  • Tool and die maker
  • Mold maker
  • Machine operator
  • CNC machinist
  • 3D drafter/designer

60% of the program is hands-on training using modern, industry-standard equipment in the College's manufacturing and machining lab to take projects from concept to finished product.

Plan your future

Learning options

  • Full-Time

Minimum technology requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset
  • Personal computer
  • Windows 10 operating system
  • Processor: i5 Intel i5 or equivalent processor
  • Graphics: High-end graphics video card (consider a dedicated video card with 1 GB of video memory)
  • RAM: 8 GB of RAM
  • Storage space: 500 GB HD

You’ll be accessing industry-standard software as part of your program. Your program coordinator and IT will set you up with access on your computer or within our campus labs. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

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