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    Mechanical Techniques (Tool and Die/Mould Making)

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

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

Program Description

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).

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 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.

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 13
THY101 Machining Theory 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAM201 Computer Assisted Machining 2
MTH201 Technical Mathematics I 2
SHP201 Shop 13
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 Machining
Technical Mathematics I
Machining Theory
Tool Design
General Education Option

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Romel Cipriani
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 44361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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