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Machinist Technician

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Start a career as a machinist in industries like oil and gas manufacturing and medical technology with this program that covers blueprint reading and process planning, machining and metal cutting with mills, drills, lathes and grinders.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,192

Year 1 (International): $19,036

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

Program Details

Program description

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, and 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. 

Your career

Modern machine shops are clean and safe work environments. Machinist Technicians may find employment in a variety of industries including but not limited to transportation, oil and gas manufacturing, medical technology or wherever equipment is being manufactured or repaired.

Graduates of the Machinist Technician program benefit from a high level of industry demand, having achieved recognized training equivalent to the first two periods of the Machinist apprenticeship program. 

  • Graduates of the Machinist Technician program have a 100% employment rate.

Student success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credentials and accreditation

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.

Transfer options

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


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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

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


Program outline

View additional Machinist Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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


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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ >4,970 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,192

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,606 $682 $288 $460 $19,036


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies for both semesters are approximately $325 (there is some fluctuation with module pricing).
  • Optional text Machinery's Handbook is approximately $160.

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.

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

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Tuesday, Sept. 8


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

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

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start. Students in this program are required to take ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

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

Inspiring Stories

Nathan valued the hands-on experience gained from the program that he knows will help on the job.

Nathan Aldous
Machinist Technician | 2015

“I was in the shop for three hours every day,” he says. “It gives me the skills before I get the job. I’ll go in (to the work force) knowing how to do something.”

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