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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
CNC-Machinist Technician


Occupation Description: 
A Machinist is someone who turns blocks of metal into complex, intricate metal parts for other products. They fit and assemble metal parts​ and sub-assemblies, ensuring the parts in these products meet exacting standards in size, strength and hardness.  A Machinist sets up and operates all machine tools such as Lathes, Milling Machines Saws, Grinding Machines, Drilling and Boring Machines, Shapers, Planers, Precision Measuring tools, Hand and Power tools, and the related attachments and accessories, including CNC-machining, selection, use and maintenance of cutting tools..

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l​ook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin​g, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • ​submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S​pring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

​​mid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ​​ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits
  • topics that will be covered in this BCIT trade: Program courses
  • given those BCIT courses and that it's a β€‹long 8+ month program, pre-reqs include:
    • complete all necessary grad courses  + a β€‹plan to complete English 12
    • at least one​ metal cl​ass and/or woodworking class with experience in CNC machines, which would include some degree of coding using Fusion 360
    • any Math 11​ ("C+" or higher)
      • ​from BCIT site: "... good theoretical and practical mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude​..."​​
    • strongly recommended: Drafting & Design
  • excellent attendance +​ lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time
Time Commitment
  • 2 Intakes:  Septem​ber and (early) January
  • 33 weeks long​
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 2 intake times: 12.30pm to 7.00pm or 7.00am to 1.30pm

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,300 for course materials, textbook, resources, etc

Location​​ & Transportation

  • BCIT "Burnaby Campus" - 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • Skytrain is the best transportation option 
      (Skytrain to Brentwood Mall, transfer to bus for final stretch)


  • General
    • Athletic, Collaborative, Mathematical, Precise, and Tactile
  • Key Job 
    • Applied Mathematics, Hazardous Materials Handing, Blueprint & Drawing Use, Use of Drilling Machines/Power Saws/Laths/Milling Machines, and Planning & Fabricating

Student Eligibility

  • Coquitlam SD has 1 reserved seat per intake (a second seat may also be available per intake)
  • grade 12 students, after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects and a plan to complete English 12
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th​eir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student​ to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in August after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that current grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted​
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" β€‹β€‹


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828