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Mechanical Techniques - CNC Programming

Mechanical Techniques - CNC Programming

Program Code:MATP
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

As a student of Mechanical Techniques - CNC Programming, you’ll benefit from a curriculum built on hands–on learning. You’ll spend a large portion of your time working in a practical setting, becoming proficient in metal machining operations and planning procedures, with emphasis on practical machining techniques. You’ll be introduced to modern manufacturing processes including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming, Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) software. This computer training will enhance your ability to set up and produce pieces in accordance with engineering drawing specifications.

Areas of Study

You’ll study subjects that relate to and support the theory and practical aspects of metal machining. Areas of focus include metallurgy, mathematics, computer application software, machine theory and practice, measuring instruments, drafting and process planning.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).



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Your Career

There is a critical need for skilled Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programmers and operators in Ontario. After successfully completing this course, you will be well prepared for entry–level positions in a modern precision manufacturing environment.

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BPR101 Blueprint Reading 2
CNC101 Computer Numerical Control 2
EAC150 College English 3
MTH101 Mathematics 2
SHP101 Shop 10
THY101 Machining Theory 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAM204 Computer Assisted-Manufacturing and Design (CAM/CAD) 6
CNC204 CNC Manual Programming 9
MTH201 Technical Mathematics I 2
THY201 Machining Theory 3
TLD201 Tool Design 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Blueprint Reading
Computer Numerical Control
College English
Machining Theory
Semester 2
Computer Assisted-Manufacturing & Design (CAM/CAD)
CNC Manual Programming
Technical Mathematics I
Machining Theory
Tool Design
General Education Option

Contact Us
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Romel Cipriani
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 44361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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Centre for Advanced Technology graduates discuss career options

Students Fabrizio and Brian discuss the options available to graduates of the programs at Seneca College's Centre for Advanced Technologies - Jane Campus. Video

Learn more about the state-of-the-art equipment used at the Centre:

Co-ordinate Measuring Machine
This machine can measure to 1/10 of a thousandth-of-an-inch. Video

Stereo Lithography Machine
Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani talks about this "printer" that creates three dimensional objects. Video

White Light Scanner
Fabrizio and Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani Scanning explain how the scanner turns objects into computer files. Video

Wire Electrical Discharge Machine
Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani explains how steel is cut with a wire. Video