This program integrates precision machining methods with advanced computer-controlled machine technology (CNC) in state-of-the-art Precision Machining, CAD/CAM, CNC, Research, and Welding Labs. Students design and manufacture tools, jigs, fixtures, precision fabrication assemblies and prototypes using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, precision machining equipment and sophisticated CNC machine tool technology. In their final year, students augment their learning by engaging in a 15-week mandatory co-op placement with industry partners.

T173 CNC Operator


Program name
Mechanical Technician – CNC and Precision Machining
Experiential learning
15 week mandatory co-op in year 2
2 years (4 semesters and 1 co-op term)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Graduates from this program benefit from a combination of advanced machine-tool technology principles (CAD/CAM/CNC) and extensive hands-on manufacturing practices that better prepare them for the technical challenges they may face in the workplace.

Advanced CNC and Precision Machining students have the opportunity to strengthen their skills by engaging in specialized industry partnerships that include precision machining/welding workshops and formula race-car and rocketry manufacturing with University of Toronto Engineering and Aeronautics undergraduate students.

In their final year, students engage in applied projects to design and fabricate prototypes using digital manufacturing technology (lasers, 3D printer, multi-axis CNC machine tools).

All students will augment their technical training with courses in mathematics, communications, and general education.

Experiential Learning

15 week mandatory co-op in year 2

Your Field Study options

Students will have the opportunity to complete a 15-week mandatory co-op term in Year 2. 

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  2. Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  3. Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  4. Apply sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  5. Use current and emerging technologies to support the implementation of mechanical and manufacturing projects.
  6. Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanics.
  7. Interpret, prepare and modify mechanical drawings and other related technical documents.
  8. Perform technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  9. Manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components according to required specifications.
  10. Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse Name
EMNG1001Circuit Analysis
MENG1002Engineering Drawing
MENG1027Introduction to Machining
GSSC1027Personal Finance
MATH1160Mathematics for Engineering Technology 1
COMM1007College English**


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
CADE1004Introduction to CNC
EMNG1003Engineering Mechanics
MENG1004Intermediate Machining
MENG1026Introduction to Mechanical CAD
MENG2008Pneumatic Systems
GSSC1100Small Business Plan and Operation
MATH1171Mathematics for Engineering Technology 2


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
CADE2029Computer Aided Manufacturing
CADE2030Intermediate CNC
DRFT1014Jig and Fixture Design
MENG2002Advanced Precision Machining
MENG1040Welding Practices
MENG2060Technical Report Writing and Workplace Preparedness
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
CADE2013Advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing
CADE2031Advanced CNC
DRFT2007Applied Industrial Project Design
MENG2043Precision Tool Fabrication
MENG2047Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Mechanical Design
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


cop-op semester courses
CodeCourse Name
TCOP1005Work Term

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

The Industry

The tooling industry will continue to be the backbone for production, manufacturing, and prototyping in industrial sectors such as:

  • Aerospace/aeronautics
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Transportation/automotive
  • Agricultural, mining, nuclear as well as emerging energy industries (solar, wind).

Precision Machining, CAD/CAM, Welding, Digital Manufacturing and CNC technology covers the spectrum from traditional manufacturing to sophisticated high-speed, high-precision manufacturing that is required in the design and production of highly specialized equipment and machinery. In addition, these technologies play a vital role in research and development of new and existing products.

The future of the tooling industry will depend on highly educated and highly skilled technicians, and our program provides graduates with a solid foundation and an advantage to succeed in this rapidly evolving industry.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in areas such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Nuclear
  • Transit and OEM automotive parts companies
  • Health care
  • Construction and building industries
  • Electrical and electronics industries
  • Mould-making
  • Tool & Die Making
  • General machining
  • CNC precision machining and tool-making industries
  • Research, prototyping and development of new and existing products

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program can enter directly into semester 3 of the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design program (T121).


$5,766.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

† Fees for this program do not include the cost of the work term.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Success Stories

Chris Palivan

After graduating from the Mechanical Technician program in 2000, Andrew Lindsay went on to become the inventor of a patented engine controller for Blutip Power that helps mining companies conserve fuel and improve the environment. With customers on four continents at six of the world's largest mining companies, the controller works on massive diesel-powered engines to save fuel burn rates by about five percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve operations through digital data collected by the device. For many years, Lindsay and his brother produced Lindsay Lights, a computerized, music-synchronized holiday light show that raised over $70,000 for local charities, won international awards and was featured on the TV show Ellen.

Andrew Lindsay (Graduate 2000)

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