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Machinist

Certificate

Program Overview

Machinists are in high demand in western Canada—from the oil patch to power utilities, from manufacturing facilities to mines, mills and chemical plants. The job demands both problem-solving and creativity to machine parts to blueprint specifications.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Machinist certificate program can fast-track you into the workforce, and give you a head start on apprenticeship. You’ll need good computer skills, math skills and be comfortable working in industrial settings.

Machinist is a one-year certificate program offered in Saskatoon and Regina. You’ll learn on a variety of machine tools in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped shops including lathes, mills, drill presses, surface grinders, CNC lathes and machining centres. You’ll also learn online, blended training for the CNC course, and participate in an industry-based work experience.

Experienced instructors who understand the demands of industrial workplaces, from maintaining workflow to working safely, will help you build knowledge and skills in:

  • blueprint reading, technical drawing, precision measurement
  • communications and applied math
  • computer numerical control (CNC)
  • drilling machine operations
  • grinding and sawing operations
  • heat treatment processes
  • lathe operations
  • materials selection
  • milling machine operations

Earn More with a Journeyperson’s Ticket

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate to get advanced standing as an apprentice in the Machinist trade. You can earn significantly more as a journeyperson machinist. Start the process by getting a job in the trade and registering as an apprentice. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates of the certificate program are working in manufacturing facilities, equipment repair shops, custom machine shops, steel mills, metal fabrication plants, power generating plants, food processing plants, mines, welding repair shops, engine rebuilding shops and machine manufacturing companies. 

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
CNC MachinistMachinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors (7231)$37,500 - $79,000
MachinistMachinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors (7231)$37,500 - $79,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 34 weeks

Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 55 Elementary Algebra
  • 65 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,800

International Students

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Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BESK 100
Benchwork
8
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You will perform operations using hand power tools and hand cutting tools in order to layout, file, thread and fit assemblies together.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COMM 106
Applied Communications
1
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You will create a job search strategy, research an employer and complete a mock job interview. You will prepare a professional cover letter and resume.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, COMM 189, JOBS 290, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRAW 100
Technical Drawing
4
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You will learn how to use various drawing instruments to produce drawings and sketches for parts production.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
EMPS 102
Work Environment Skills
2
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Your studies will focus on safe working practices. You will receive an introduction to WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 100
Computer Numerical Control
5
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You will learn the principles and practices for programming and operating Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools. You will have the opportunity to write and run a CNC program for a lathe and a milling machine.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 78.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 101
Drilling Machine Operations
3
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You will learn how to set up, operate and maintain various drilling machines. The course content includes drilling, reaming, tapping and boring operations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, MEAS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 102
Grinding Operations
4
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You will learn how to set up, operate, and maintain various grinding machines. The course content includes selecting, mounting and balancing grinding wheels, feed rates and speeds.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 103
Lathe Operations
15
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You will learn how to set up, operate, and maintain a lathe. The course content includes turning, boring, drilling, taper turning, internal/external threading operations, feed rates and speeds.
Credit Units: 15
Course Hours: 225.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 104
Milling Machine Operations
11
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You will learn how to set up, operate and maintain various milling machines and attachments. The course content includes selecting tools, holders, feed rates and speeds for various cutter and material applications.
Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 160.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 105
Sawing Operations
1
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You will learn how to set up, operate, and maintain various cut-off machines. The course content includes selecting cutting blades and calculating cutting speeds.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATE 100
Materials Selection
1
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You will focus on identifying the mechanical properties of different materials and the effect they have on machinability. You will also learn how to identify, select and use various materials in machining processes covered.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATH 104
Applied Mathematics
3
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You will receive an introduction to mathematical concepts that support applications made in machine shop work.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 182, MATH 193
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MEAS 100
Precision Measurement
3
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You will learn how to select appropriate measuring tools and perform accurate measurements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRNT 100
Blueprint Reading
1
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You will study reading and interpreting blueprints.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
THER 100
Heat Treatment Processes
1
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You will perform various heat treatment processes and hardness testing procedures.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WELD 102
Welding Operations
2
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You will operate various types of welding equipment to perform welding operations including brazing, joining materials and metal cutting.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WORK 100
Industrial Attachment
0
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You will gain an understanding of workplace and employer needs as you participate in a work placement.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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