Mechanical Techniques - Precision Metal Cutting | St. Clair College
Program Code: T923
Status: Closed
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One Year - Ontario College Certificate
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Daniele DeFranceschi
519-972-2727 ext. 4668

Program Overview

This one-year certificate program will prepare students to work in the precision machining and tooling industries. Successful graduates of the certificate program will receive their 429A General Machinist Level 1 apprenticeship equivalency and those in good standing wishing to further pursue their studies are eligible to automatically enter into the second year of Mechanical Engineering Technician - Industrial two year diploma program (T855) or the second semester of the Mechanical Technician - CAD/CAM program (T867).

Program Highlights

  • May have 429A General Machinist Level 1 apprenticeship equivalency.
  • Ability to continue your studies in two in-demand programs, CAD/CAM or Industrial Mechanic.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mechanical Technician - Precision Metal Cutting may find positions in industries within the metal cutting trades (Machining, Tool & Die, Mould Making) as a general machinist, mould maker or tool and die maker, with the potential to enter an apprenticeship within one or more of these trades. The precision machining/ tooling industries support a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, construction, forestry, kitchen countertops and cabinets, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals, etc. Employment can be found within Windsor- Essex, Chatham-Kent or many major centres in Southwestern Ontario.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College(C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 11 English (C ) or (U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C ) or (U)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Applied Technical Math
Engineering CAD
Blueprint & Geometric Dimension & Tolerancing
Shop Theory I
Shop Practice I
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
CAM Modeling I
Process Engineering I
CAM I - Basic Machining
Machine Mechanics

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2024-2025 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found on the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Mechanical Techniques - Precision Metal Cutting (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 41007)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

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