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550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


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/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break​
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, β€‹β€‹ β€‹reading, math, training
      , etc​
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ​still have questions? β€‹book an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App​
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)​ 
  • ​(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly​​ for following school year
​Students: feel free to contact Doug via email (​ or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

​Time Commitment
  • 2 Intakes:  September and (early) January
  • 33 weeks long​
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 12.30pm to 7.00pm

Student Eligibility

  • 1 potential Coquitlam SD43 student per intake (1-2 seats are given to high school students across 5-6 surrounding districts, so a bit 'competitive')
  • 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€‹

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)


  • plan to complete English 12
  • at least one​ metal class and/or woodworking class with experience in CNC machines, which would include some degree of coding using Fusion 360
  • strongly recommended to have Math 12
  • strongly recommended to have a senior Tech Ed course where you've had to follow plans to construct a rather detailed project
  • good literacy skills and strong numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance +​ lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time

Skills + Attributes​​

  • working knowledge of computer programming, especially Fusion 360
  • attention to detail​

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828