Mechanical Technician - CNC and Precision Machining (T173)

Mechanical Technician – CNC and Precision Machining
School of Mechanical and Engineering Technologies
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
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 16-week Co-op placement with industry partners that may include formula and solar race-car/rocketry manufacturing with Engineering and Aeronautics undergraduate students.

Full Program Descriptions



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 prepares 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 printers, water-jet, multi-axis CNC machine tools).

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

Field Education 

16-week Co-op available in Year 2

Your Field Education Options 

Some students will have the opportunity to complete a 16-week Co-op term in Year 2. Co-op participants will be selected based on their academic performance, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interview component.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 

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semester courses
Code Course Name
EMNG1001 Circuit Analysis
EMNG1004 Metrology
MENG1002 Engineering Drawing
MENG1027 Introduction to Machining
GSSC1027 Personal Finance
MATH1160 Mathematics for Engineering Technology 1
COMM1007 College English**


semester courses
Code Course Name
CADE1004 Introduction to CNC
EMNG1003 Engineering Mechanics
MENG1004 Intermediate Machining
MENG1026 Introduction to Mechanical CAD
MENG2008 Pneumatic Systems
MENG2060 Technical Report Writing and Workplace Preparedness
MATH1171 Mathematics for Engineering Technology 2


semester courses
Code Course Name
CADE2029 Computer Aided Manufacturing
CADE2030 Intermediate CNC
DRFT1014 Jig and Fixture Design
MENG2002 Advanced Precision Machining
MENG1040 Welding Practices
GSSC1100 Small Business Plan and Operation
GNED General Education Elective


cop-op semester courses
Code Course Name
TCOP1005 Work Term


semester courses
Code Course Name
CADE2013 Advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing
CADE2031 Advanced CNC
DRFT2007 Applied Industrial Project Design
MENG2043 Precision Tool Fabrication
MENG2047 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Mechanical Design
GNED General Education Elective

**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

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The tooling industry has been and 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 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
  • 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).

Tuition and Fees


$4,144.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

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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School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4365


Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., room D303

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