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Machinist: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    Contact Trades and Technologies: 250-561-5804 or 1-866-370-2111
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Debbie Sluyter email 250.561.5804 or 1.800.371.2111
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Debbie Sluyter email or 250.562.5843 or 1.800.371.8111

Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 02
Prince George - Main Campus
Level: 03
Prince George - Main Campus
Level: 04
Prince George - Main Campus

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


ITA Source: 'Machinist' profile.


Machinists set up and operate all machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling and boring machines, shapers, planers, precision measuring tools, hand and power tools, and related attachments and accessories.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 26 weeks. Levels One and Two are 6 weeks each. Levels Three and Four are 7 weeks each. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6600 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 220 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Hand Tools
  • Use Applied Mathematics
  • Use Measuring Tools
  • Interpret Drawings and Reference Materials
  • Select Materials
  • Plan Sequence of Operation
  • Describe Fabrication and Assembly
  • Use Drilling Machines
  • Use Power Saws
  • Use Lathes
  • Use Milling Machines
  • Use Support Machines
  • Use Grinders and Abrasives
  • Use Boring Machines
  • Use C.N.C. Machines



  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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