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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)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
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 Mechanical Engineering Technician – Tool Design program or the third year of Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  • Contribute to the application of quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  • Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  • Support sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  • Use current and emerging technologies to support the implementation of mechanical and manufacturing projects.
  • Troubleshoot and solve standard mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanics.
  • Conntribute to the interpretation and preparation of mechanical drawings and other related technical documents.
  • Perform routine technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  • Assist in manufacturing, assembling, maintaining and repairing mechanical components according to required specifications.
  • Select, use and maintain machinery, tools and equipment for the installation, manufacturing and repair of basic mechanical components.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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).


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.



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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.

Areas of Study

In this program, you’ll study both the theory and practical aspects of metal machining. Courses 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, machine theory and practice, as well as an introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

Important Academic Dates

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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

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margaret Lim
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Yuliya Krasko
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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