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Mechanical Techniques (Tool and Die/Mould Making)

Available: Fall

Program Description

Pre-apprenticeship for Tool & Die Maker, Mould Maker, and General Machinist.

Graduates from this program are eligible to write the exemption test for Level 1/Common Core and Level 2 in one of the following trades: tool and die maker, mould maker and general machinist, as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. This program will introduce you to modern manufacturing techniques including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) software. This computer training will enhance your ability to produce accurate work on CNC equipment found in today's modern metal and plastics industries. Upon completion of this program, you may begin an apprenticeship with an employer as a general machinist, tool and die maker, or mould maker. Once the remaining apprenticeship training requirements have been completed, you'll be eligible to write the Certificate of Qualifications (C of Q) examination in your chosen trade.

After graduation, you can transfer directly into the second year of the Mechanical Engineering Technician – Tool Design program or the third year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design program.

Areas of Study

In this program, you'll study both the theory and practical aspects of metal machining. Subjects of study include areas required by the apprenticeship branch of the Ministry for the Level 1/Common Core and Level 2 in-school components for general machinist, tool and die maker and mould maker trades. Areas of study include bench fitting, metallurgy, interpreting engineering drawings, mathematics, and machine theory and practice, as well as an introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

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Starting in September 2019, this program will be located at Newnham Campus.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

There is a need for apprenticed personnel in the metal machining trades in Ontario. After completing your apprenticeship, you may pursue fulfilling careers such as tool designer, supervisor, company owner, salesperson or numerical control programmer.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Mark Khani 416.491.5050 ext. 44363

Program Chair

Romel Cipriani 416.491.5050 ext. 22446

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network