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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Prepare for a career in the machine trades in the manufacturing sector by learning to design and fabricate a variety of metal parts required to build and maintain industrial equipment and tools. You’ll gain knowledge in 3D design, manufacturing, jigs/fixtures for custom production, and computer-integrated manufacturing processes. You will also develop a high level of skill in the operation of CNC equipment and the related software used to manufacture components through hands-on training on modern, complex machining equipment.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship option

  • Opportunities to participate in applied research projects with industry partners

  • 60% of the program is hands-on training in a manufacturing lab on modern, industry-standard equipment

  • Training on industrial 3D design and manufacturing software

4D Learning Opportunities

Ontario Technological Skills Competition – there are opportunities for select students to compete in this provincial competition against other college students and apprentices.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program Option

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma and apprenticeship training. The placement for this program is an optional co-op and is not required for you to graduate. You can choose to complete your postsecondary program and graduate with a certificate or diploma without participating in the co-op option. However, if you choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, you may become a registered apprentice sponsored by your co-op employer. Through your participation in this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in paid co-op placements while earning a college certificate or diploma. Your academic curriculum, which enables you to receive Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Trade School completion from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development after each successful year of schooling, will be enhanced by the experiences from your co-op placements.

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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Summer 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
TEM 1001 Trade Calculations I 2
TEM 1004 Mechanical Drawings Lab 2
TEM 1005 Workshop Technology I 10
MTM 1000 Machine Practices I 2
TEM 1100 Information Technology 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
TEM 1103 Workshop Technology II 10
TEM 1104 Trade Calculations II 2
TEM 1108 Programming/Operations I 2
TEM 1200 Machining Practices II 2
TEM 1210 Mechanical Drawings II 2
The following General Education course: 3
Personal Finance  
Semester 3
MTM 1001 Programming/Operations II Lab 3
MTM 1002 Workshop Technology III 9
MTM 2325 Machining Operations 2
MTM 2330 Jigs and Fixtures 2
MTM 2335 Design and Calculations 2
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Psychology of Evil  
Issues and Ethics in Science  
Semester 4
MTM 1003 Manufacturing Processes 3
MTM 2420 CAD Lab 3
MTM 1004 Manufacturing/Machining Lab 9
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Psychology of Evil  
Issues and Ethics in Science  
 Total Credits83


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in the mining, aerospace, automotive, and appliance manufacturing sectors and beyond as:

  • Machinists

  • CNC programmers

  • Tool and die makers

  • Mold makers

  • Machine operators

  • CNC machinists

  • Entry level CAD designers

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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