About this Apprenticeship

  • Length:3 to 3.5 Years
  • Class Location:Welland Campus
  • Starts In:Fall
  • Credential:Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • School of:Trades

Our apprentices complete 720 hours of college instruction and about four years of on-the-job training as paid trainees.

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This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



Please be advised that the curriculum you have selected is for a past or future term. The remaining information on this website is reflective of the most recent intake term, unless stated otherwise.

Term one (2018 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1150 Trade Theory 5
APPR1151 Trade Practical 6
APPR1152 Applied Trade Calculations 2
APPR1153 Engineering Drawings 2
Term two (2019 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1214 CNC Turning Technology 2
APPR1250 Trade Theory 3
APPR1251 Trade Practical 6
APPR1252 Applied Trade Calculations 2
APPR1253 Engineering Drawings 2
Term three (2020 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1308 Machining Centre CNC Technology 3
APPR1350 Trade Theory 5
APPR1351 Trade Practical 5
APPR1352 Applied Trade Calculations 2
APPR1353 Engineering Drawings 2

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Grade 12 equivalency, and
  • Employment in the trade

Is a General Machinist Apprenticeship right for you?

You are well-suited to this program if you:

  • Are able to work independently on tasks that require both concentration and physical strength
  • Are interested in applying knowledge of math and science fundamentals to detail-oriented tasks
  • Enjoy an active, hands-on approach to learning

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Learn why General Machinist student Nathan Hawkins recommends this program

When I decided to go back to school at the age of 30 I was very nervous. Was I going to like it? Was I going to be able to keep up? Working full time and going back to school was a scary thought. I found Niagara College to be very welcoming and the staff wonderful. I enjoy my program and look forward to my new career as a machinist. I love all the hands on experience I have received. Getting to learn on different machines and challenging myself with the math and other subjects. I feel a strong sense of pride in my accomplishments. I have found the part time program to fit into my lifestyle perfectly. I am still able to work full time while I earn my ticket. It has been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. I would recommend this program to others as it is a great way to better yourself and get yourself a great career with lots of potential and job opportunities.

Nathan Hawkins, current student

Career Opportunities

  • Computer numeric control (CNC) machinist/operator
  • General machinist
  • Machine repair

Why Study at Niagara College?

  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction
  • Highly experienced and supportive professors
  • State-of-the-art facilities for your practical experiences
  • Small class sizes where you will receive individual attention from the professors
  • Student support system which includes counselling and financial aid
  • More than 3 decades of apprenticeship in-school training experience

I am a graduate of the 24 week program of the General Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship program. I came into the program with a great amount of determination and interest in becoming a tool and die maker. The faculty provided me with the knowledge and know-how to complete projects with the tools and accuracy needed to achieve honour standing grades.

Ryan Lafleur, 2014 graduate

The Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • The Province of Ontario is facing a large shortage of skilled labour.
  • A certified journeyperson earns a good wage.
  • Approximately 18 per cent of skilled workers are self-employed.
  • There is, and will continue to be, a demand for highly qualified, highly skilled tradespeople.
  • Majority of tuition for the in-school training is paid for by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.