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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

  • Upon successful completion of our program, your diploma equates to the three levels of theory required towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification.
  • 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.

Optional Paid Co-op

Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. During this work-integrated learning experience, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, giving you industry training that you can showcase to potential employers when you graduate.

You will be required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term to help you develop an industry-specific resume and effective interviewing skills. Cambrian’s Career Centre will support you through this process and will also help you to source and apply for placement opportunities.

International students: Study permits prohibit international students from participating in optional co-ops. However, if you are an international student and are interested in work-integrated learning opportunities, visit Cambrian’s Career Centre to discuss available options with a career advisor. Opportunities may include volunteer positions or part-time or full-time jobs during academic breaks and/or during the academic year.

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

Program Delivery


Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

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 1 10
MTM 1000 Machine Practices I 2
TEM 1100 Information Technology 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
TEM 1103 Workshop Technology II 1 10
TEM 1104 Trade Calculations II 2
TEM 1108 Programming/Operations I 1 2
TEM 1200 Machining Practices II 2
TEM 1210 Mechanical Drawings II 2
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
MTM 1001 Programming/Operations II Lab 1 3
MTM 1002 Workshop Technology III 1 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 General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
MTM 1003 Manufacturing Processes 1 3
MTM 2420 CAD Lab 3
MTM 1004 Manufacturing/Machining Lab 1 9
One General Education course. 2 3
 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 $1,800. 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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