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CNC Programmer (Apprenticeship)

Program Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

This single-level, 240-hour program combines theoretical knowledge of the CNC Programmer trade with practical skills to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 240-hour Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements


What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.

Graduate Opportunities

CNC programmers work in small machining shops or in manufacturing industries such as machinery, transportation equipment including motor vehicle parts, and aerospace.

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.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit:

Program Courses

Course Details (0821)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
MACH1730 CNC Technology

Description: Students will learn features and characteristics of CNC programming including the capabilities of various operating systems and the applications of NC/CNC machine tools and dimensioning systems. The observation of safe working conditions during set up and operation of NC/CNC machines will be covered.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1

MACH1740 Developing Geometric Forms using CAD/CAM

Description: In this course students will create, translate and convert drawings using CAD designing techniques.
Hours: 72
Credits: 5

MACH1750 Manual CNC Programming Techniques

Description: In Manual CNC Programming Techniques, the student will learn how to develop, write and enter a CNC program. Students will read and interpret process documentation. They will increase their knowledge and ability to effectively use manual programming and CAM software packages, and discuss the benefits of external programs and utilities.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6

MACH1760 CAM Applications

Description: In this course the student will learn the capabilities and applications of CAM technologies, they will also learn to create surfaces using 3-D geometry.
Hours: 72
Credits: 5

Program Objectives

Program Handbook


Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at Another helpful website is
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.


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.



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