This program prepares students to use the most up to date hardware and software used in manufacturing and parts inspection to ensure precise measurements and surface maps that contribute to advanced quality control, defect correction and productivity improvements.

Students will develop skills and knowledge in the programming and operation of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to measure geometrical characteristics of objects along three axes and test these measurements against design specifications and model any required corrections to the manufacturing process. Concepts of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) are also explored. These systems use symbolic language to generate three dimensional solid models of parts within prescribed limits of accuracy and precision for certain features.

Career Opportunities

The main responsibility Manufacturing Quality Inspectors is to perform in-process and final product inspection following company procedures and work instructions, quality control and containment, parts inspection and dimensional inspection. They are employed in a variety of industries, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities
  • ConstructionResource Industries

Common job titles for this occupation include:

  • auto parts machine shop inspector
  • bench machinist
  • computer numerical control (CNC) machinist
  • computer-assisted machinist
  • dimensional inspector - machine shop
  • firearms model maker machinist
  • machine shop inspector
  • machined parts inspector
  • machining and tooling inspector
  • model maker machinist
  • mouldmaking machinist
  • materials inspector
  • materials testing technician
  • mechanical assembler and inspector
  • CMM Programmer
  • Metrology Technician

Entry Requirements

Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

  • ABP094 Elementary Print Reading for Machinists or industrial experience reading Engineering Drawings
  • MTH100 (Mathematics) or Grade 12 Math at the College level


It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

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Quality Concepts


Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

This course is an introduction to basic theories and concepts in quality control. Topics include process improvement, statistical methods such as 6 Sigma and the role of quality in manufacturing.

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Basic Statistics and Statistical Process Control


Quality Concepts (QAA110)

This course focuses on Statistical Process Control (SPC), including how to set up and use SPC charts, collect data, interpret and analyze results to assist in managing and enhancing productivity and workplace efficiency.

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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT)


Ability to read engineering drawings

This course introduces students to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), a design specific manufacturing and inspection language for effective technical communication. Students learn the symbols, rules, definitions and terminologies of GDT as outlined in the current standard ASME Y14.5 - 2009. This course includes hands-on practice in the lab.

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Advanced Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing



This course concentrates on more advanced concepts of GD&T, including various controls such as Runout, Profile, Concentricity and Symmetry.

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Coordinate Measuring Machine - Introduction


Ability to read engineering drawings

This course introduces students to industry standard hardware and software used for 3 dimensional measurement of components and parts. Students learn how to use a coordinate measuring machine to enhance inspection speed, confidence and accuracy.

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Coordinate Measurement - Advanced



This course is designed as a continuation of CMM300, teaching advanced Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) programming techniques and concepts using Mitutoyo's popular CMM and related MCOSMOS software.

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to:

  • Conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures using the given software and hardware
  • Contribute to the manufacturing of a product to achieve the desired standards
  • Analyze and solve routine technical problems related to manufacturing environments
  • Apply engineering principles to the manufacturing process
  • Apply an understanding of print reading and engineering drawings to the operation of quality control machines
  • Use computer hardware and software to support the engineering environment
  • Conduct routine analysis of components and processes

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22523

Mark Khani
Part-time Program Coordinator
416-491-5050 ext.22097

Tina Kotsiomitis
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.22515

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