Machine Tool Operator - 848

Mohawk College Certificate
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Student operating a tool

Intended for individuals employed or seeking employment in the industrial mechanical area who wish to enhance their knowledge of general machine shop practice and/or to improve practical skills on specific, conventional machine tools. Machine Tool Operators may operate machine tools such as lathes, drilling machines, milling machines, grinders, or special purpose machines to machine work piece on a production basis. Tasks performed on the job include lifting, positioning and securing work piece and work holding devices, reading and interpreting mechanical drawings, inspecting work pieces to ensure conformance to specifications using various measuring and checking instruments, changing and sharpening worn or defective cutting tools.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Note: Some components of this program require approved safety glasses and footwear.

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CE Technology and Skills Development

  • Grade 12 Mathematics
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: A hands-on introduction to basic engine lathe operation Topics include: safety, measuring and layout tools, set-up with 3 and 4 jaw chucks, speed/feed calculation, drilling, tapping, reaming, external thread cutting.
Credits: 3
Course description: A hands-on course practice safety procedures, related operational formulae, intermediate engine lathe operation, including eccentric turning, internal & external thread cutting, as well as basic drilling, milling and surface grinding operations.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MACHRE165
Course description: A hands-on course studying safety procedures, advanced turning operations including Acme and multi-start V-thread turning, taper, multi-throw eccentric, and elliptical turning, and more advanced applications for milling operations. They also practice related operational calculations.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MACHRE265
Course description: Is designed for students with practical experience who require further theoretical background. Topics include: turning, milling and grinding theory, safety procedures and related set-up and operational calculations of formulae, for the following machine tools: engine lathe, basic drilling, milling and surface grinding machines. The course will also include metric conversion, and the proper use and applications of related hand tools, layout tools and measuring tools.
Credits: 5
Course description: Emphasis on basic Blueprint Reading and Sketching will help students to develop the ability to visualize objects and interpret dimensions, sections, tolerances, machine finishes, assemblies, terminology, etc. Students must purchase a manual (available from the College Bookstore) for the course.
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
MACHRE165 Machine Shop 1




MACHRE265 Machine Shop 2 Classroom Classroom Classroom
MACHRE465 Machine Shop 3 Classroom Classroom Classroom
MACHRE543 Machine Shop Theory   MyCanvas  
TDRWRE152 Blueprint Reading Mechanical




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