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Mechanical Technician - CNC Programming

Program Description

Graduates of the Mechanical Technician program have demonstrated the mechanical skills required to carry out mechanical and manufacturing functions in production and processing environments. Graduates have demonstrated achievement of vocational learning outcomes that relate to the mechanical and manufacturing fields.  Graduates of the Mechanical Technician program are prepared to apply their knowledge of manufacturing materials, operations and processes to support the prototyping, production and assembly of mechanical components.

Graduates have developed skills and safe working practices in the use of machinery, tools, and measuring equipment and instruments. In addition, they will apply skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, documentation, mathematics and mechanical problem solving, as well as computer and information technology applications to support mechanical and manufacturing activities.

Graduates of the Mechanical Technician program work in a broad range of employment settings in the manufacturing industries (e.g., aerospace and defence, automotive, building products, fabricated metal products, machinery, railway and marine industry and natural resource industries (e.g., agricultural, energy, forestry, mining and petrochemical). The graduates’ activities could range from producing and assembling parts for mass manufacturing industry to technical sales, or they may combine their education and training with an apprenticeship in a variety of specialized trades, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing  (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer, General Machinist, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Metal Fabricator, Mould Maker, Tool & Die Maker.

To be employed in certain skilled trades, workers must have a Certificate of Qualification. This certificate states that they have completed the specified training period in the workplace and training institution (e.g., an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology) and passed the relevant provincial or territorial examination.

Opportunities for graduates to pursue further educational or occupational qualifications are available through articulation agreements between the colleges, universities and professional organizations, whereby graduates may be granted credits towards a degree or certification. For details, students should contact individual colleges and professional associations, such as the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

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



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

The following industries will hire graduates of the program:

  • Construction industry
  • Medical/healthcare
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Industrial machining
  • Mining
  • Power Generating
  • Packaging/printing/food processing equipment parts machining
  • Water treatment industry
  • Green Energy

The following are potential areas of employment for program graduates:

  • CNC-operator,
  • CNC-programmer,
  • CNC-Setup technician,
  • Quality Assurance and Inspection,
  • CNC- Service technician,
  • Technical sales.

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.


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

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

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