Machine Tool Setting and Operations

Ontario College Certificate | Code: 1331

Please note:

This program credential is suspended and no longer taking new applicants. If you are already enrolled in this program, courses are still available for registration.

About the program

This program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of metal machining or upgrade their current skills in metal machining. Graduates will be qualified to set up and operate one or more metal cutting machines. Students will select either the engine lathe or the milling machine. Due to time restraints students will not have the opportunity to train on both machines. Students will also study safety, blueprint reading, applied trade calculations and layout.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

Note re: admission requirements

Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Applicants are advised that manual dexterity is a required skill in this program.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the industry in which they hope to be employed.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Solve routine technical problems relating to mill or lathe machine operation in the shop environment using a variety of systematic approaches
  • Use a milling machine or engine lathe to create common geometric features, used in industry
  • Operate a milling machine or engine lathe to common industry tolerances
  • Interpret basic graphics and other standard technical documents needed to complete basic machine processes
  • Perform basic technical measurements using appropriate tools specific to metal machining operations
  • Work safely and effectively within a shop environment in compliance with health and safety legislation and organizational procedures and practices
  • Apply the fundamentals of mathematics to the solution of routine trade related problems
  • Use standard mechanical bench and assembly tools safely and correctly
  • Select machinable ferrous and non-ferrous metals and plastics to meet the nees of machining projects and specifications.
  • Select standard metal cutting lubricants for their correct cutting applications
  • Use standard metal-removing hand tools safely and correctly
  • Select metal-cutting tools and holders, and milling cutters for their respective operations
  • Lay out geometrical configurations and measure circular layout using layout tools.
  • Interpret heat-treating materials charts and select heat-treatable ferrous metals
  • Operate hardness testers and perform hardness testing operations

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

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Fall Registration: July 8, 2019
Winter Registration: November 4, 2019