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Career Area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Program Number: 50-444-0
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  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers 


Machinists can transform blocks of metal into intricate parts. They set up and operate machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, CNC machining centers, and CNC turning centers.

In this apprenticeship, you will get hands-on training with a highly skilled journeyman who will be your mentor. You will also take classes at NWTC to learn safety, theory, processes, and concepts of the machining trade.

Your training and instruction will cover the theory and skills needed to operate all the basic machinery found in a well-equipped machine shop: 

  • Lathes 
  • Drilling machines 
  • Metal cutting saws 
  • Vertical and horizontal milling machines  
  • Surface and cylindrical grinders 
  • Computer controlled machine tools 

You will learn to: 

  • Produce precision parts and instruments 
  • Fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments 
  • Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines 
  • Apply knowledge of mechanics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures 

Details and Requirements

  • 4 years 
  • 7,568 hours on-the-job training 
  • 432 hours paid related instruction 
  • Additional related instruction may be required 

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