Certificate - Mechanical Techniques (General Machinist)

1 year
16,810 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Welland / Canada
Niagara College International

Program description

Do you want to be a skilled craftsperson with a career in the high-demand machining field?

As a General Machinist, you will be able to set up and operate a wide range of precision metal cutting and grinding machines that are used in this expanding sector of specialty machining industries.


  • The program focuses on developing broad knowledge and critical problem-solving skills. 
  • Hands-on experiential learning opportunities are available in modern, large-scale facilities and labs. 
  • Strong job prospects in the Niagara Region and across Ontario due to a shortage of skilled machinists. 
  • The program is constantly updated to meet current industry standards and to provide students with highly relevant, market-ready skills.

Program structure

Term One

  • Applied Trade Calculations
  • Mechanical Engineering Drawings
  • Machine Operations and Safety
  • Machining Fundamentals
  • Materials and Cutting Tools
  • Machine Shop Theory and Measurement

Term Two

  • Essentials of Workplace Communication
  • Health and Safety
  • Machine Operations 1
  • Machine Operations 2
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation
  • Machine Shop Theory


Level One

  • Tuition - 7,175.00 CAD
  • Ancillary Fees - 1,576.95 CAD
  • Material Fees - 235.00 CAD
  • Level Total - 8,986.95 CAD

Level Two

  • Tuition - 7,175.00 CAD
  • Ancillary Fees - 648.95 CAD
  • Material Fees - 0.00 CAD
  • Level Total - 7,823.95 CAD

Year One Total - 16,810 CAD
Estimated Program Total - 16,810 CAD

Requirements for applicants

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • English – any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
    • Mathematics – any Grade 11 (C), (U), or (M), or equivalent

Language Proficiency Admission Requirements

You will be required to provide proof of one or more of the following:

  • Niagara College Mature Student Test for English
  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level (Ontario High School Curriculum)
  • ACE English (Academic Upgrading)
  • International Credential Assessment for studies outside of Canada

If English is your subsequent language, Niagara College (for the purposes of admission to standard non-competitive programs) will also accept these English Language Test Scores

  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/FCE, C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE) - 169 – No skill under 162
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) including Indicator Test** 6.0 – No individual band under 5.5.
  • Duolingo Language Test - Overall score of 105+, with no individual score under 95
  • Internet-based (IBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) including Special Home Edition Test - Paper-based: 500, Computer based: 173, iBT: 79, Minimum: 20 Writing, 20 Speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 46+, with no individual skill under 36
  • Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) including CAEL Online Proficiency Test - 60 – No individual band under 50.
  • Niagara College’s English for Academic Preparation program (EAP) - Completion of Level 5 English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program with 70% and no individual grade under 50%

About the university

Niagara College, with campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, is conveniently located in the center of the Niagara Region, only minutes away from one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. The college is home to more than 130 cutting-edge academic programs.

All of our campuses are home to state-of-the-art facilities and innovative teaching methods, including small class sizes, cutting-edge research, and real-world application.

These courses put students in an interactive and technologically advanced learning environment. Our grads are well-versed in multiple cultures, quick learners, and risk takers who push the envelope of what's possible in business in Niagara, Canada, and beyond.

Why Niagara College?

  1. 130+ certificate, diploma, apprenticeship and Bachelor's Degree programs
  2. 600+ credit, vocational and general interest courses
  3. We care about you and want you to succeed - employers report high levels of satisfaction with the skills and knowledge possessed by NC graduates.
  4. Building a sustainable future
  5. More than seven thousand students per year participate in cooperative education, field placements, internships, learning enterprises, apprenticeships, clinical placements, course-based research, and fieldwork in about one hundred different academic disciplines.

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