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Machinist Technician

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Length: 1 year Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

This full-time program is a great way to start your career as a machinist, a rewarding and challenging trade with precision and craftsmanship as core attributes.

As a Machinist Technician, you’ll set up and operate precision equipment for the production of a variety of components and assemblies. Machinists make or modify primarily metal components to very fine tolerances.

At 30 weeks in length (900 hours), this program contains content nearly double that afforded by the Machinist apprenticeship stream for equivalent periods. You will learn skills including, but not limited to:

  • machining
  • machine set-up
  • blueprint reading
  • process planning
  • design validation
  • precision measurement
  • heat treatment.

Metal cutting and shaping operations use a variety of machine tools, including conventional mills, drills, lathes, and grinders. As modern machine tools are often computer-driven, a Machinist Technician may be responsible for programming and operating high-tech Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment such as CNC mills, lathes, Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM), and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM).

Upon successful completion of your first 15 weeks, you will be eligible to write the first-period Machinist apprenticeship exam. At the end of 30 weeks, you will be eligible to write the second-period Machinist apprenticeship exam. 

Credentials 

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Machinist Technician.

Graduates are eligible to write the first and second-year Provincial Apprenticeship Board exams for the machinist trade provided they attain a minimum of 65% in all their courses. Apprenticeship exam fees will be required.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in:  

  • transportation 
  • oil and gas manufacturing 
  • medical technology 
  • wherever equipment is manufactured or repaired 

Graduates will have achieved the training equivalent of the first two periods of a Machinist apprenticeship. 

Related careers include: 

  • industrial mechanic 
  • field heat treatment technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,651

Year 1 (International): $19,292

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  April 29, 2022

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10, AND,
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2, AND,
  • Science 10

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 4) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program overview information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Machinist Technician and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
BLPR-202 Blueprint Reading 1.5
MACH-204 Machinist Theory I 3.0
MACH-205 Machine Shop I 6.0
MATH-209 Mathematics 1.5
MNFG-223 Computer Numerical Control I 1.5
WELD-218 Welding 1.5
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
EMTL-203 Metallurgy 1.5
MACH-254 Machinist Theory II 1.5
MACH-255 Machine Shop II 6.0
MATH-259 Mathematics II 1.5
MNFG-258 Computer Numerical Control II 1.5
MNFG-260 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 1.5
Semester 2 total 13.5
Program total 28.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,318 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,651

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,959 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,292

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 7. Watch your inbox for the time and location.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Chromebooks are not acceptable computers for this program. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses are required on the first day of class.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Steve Wooldridge, Academic Chair
Email: s teve.wooldridge@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Manufacturing and Automation
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

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