metal machining

Precision Machining micro-credential

Manufacture components, using engineering drawings and traditional industrial machines.

In partnership with the Government of Ontario, Georgian College is proud to introduce the RapidSkills program — supporting auto and advanced manufacturing workers in a changing economy.

For a limited time, the RapidSkills program tuition and training costs are free for eligible participants and employers.


About the Precision Machining micro-credential

The RapidSkills program consists of four micro-credentials, which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certificates based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers, designed to upskill workers in a part-time format.

In this four-module, 130-hour micro-credential, participants learn to read engineering drawings and build components with the materials, specifications and tolerances provided. Participants manufacture components using hand, bench and layout tools and conventional machines including vertical milling machines, CNC machines, surface grinders and lathes. Safety is the primary concern. Participants with prior experience may write an assessment to prove competencies and receive an exemption from one or all sections.

Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each micro-credential module and for the completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

Precision Machining micro-credential modules

Precision Machining MOD1

Precision Machining
module 1:
Hand, Bench and Layout Tools

Participants learn to read engineering drawings and, using precision measuring equipment, lay out the workpiece according to specified tolerances. Participants use height gauges, surface plates, angle plates, and protractors, along with the digital read out (DRO) on a vertical milling machine, to drill, tap and ream holes properly and safely.

Precision Machining MOD2

Precision Machining
module 2:
Conventional Vertical Milling Mach.

Participants learn to operate a vertical milling machine safely, and use tooling along with digital read outs to set X, Y and Z axis coordinates. Participants use cutting tools, including carbide cutters, to complete projects within working tolerances. Participants use mills and surface grinders to square up inserts.

Precision Machining MOD3

Precision Machining
module 3:
Conventional Lathe

Participants learn to set up and operate conventional metal cutting lathes safely; they turn diameters to lengths, bore holes, and make threading tools, to cut unified national fine and coarse threads. Participants build projects to engineering standards and tolerances. Speeds and feeds are covered, ensuring the best possible surface finish.

Precision Machining MOD4

Precision Machining
module 4:
Introduction to CNC Milling

This module combines theory and practical applications of CNC milling machines; safe operation, and a basic understanding of set up and conversational skills, are emphasized. Subjects covered include safe speeds, feeds and cutting depths; material clamping and placement; tool height off sets and G54 settings; and digital read outs (DROs).

How the RapidSkills program works

Registration for the RapidSkills program — including individual micro-credentials — is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers. Registration is also open to individuals referred to the program by an Employment Ontario service provider or by their current employer. Interested individuals may also self-identify by contacting us.

The RapidSkills program will cover the cost of tuition and other training costs for eligible employers and participants.

Program candidates

Program candidates are individuals who:

  • have been laid off due to labour market disruption
  • are at high risk of being laid off due to market disruption
  • are underutilized workers (includes individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, waiting for employment or discouraged workers)

Intake avenues

  • Employer referral
    • Your employer can refer you to participate in the program.
  • Employment Ontario referral
    • If you are unemployed, Employment Ontario must refer you to participate in the program.
  • Self-identification
    • You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff. We will help facilitate the process in partnership with your employer or Employment Ontario.

Intake process

  1. Eligibility requirements
    • All individuals will go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, including testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas.
  2. Orientation
    • Once accepted into the program, participants will go through a brief orientation.

Featured faculty

Gary Harris

Faculty for the Precision Machining micro-credential

Gary Harris has been a full-time teacher with Georgian for 18 years. He is a mould maker by trade and has travelled the world teaching and sharing his passion for design and manufacturing. Gary developed the Machining Skills micro-credential in response to the needs of the local auto and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Brent Belford

Faculty for the Precision Machining micro-credential

Brent Belford has taught at Georgian for 17 years. He is also the academic technologist for the Precision Skills program. He has been a licensed mechanic for over 25 years where he worked largely on performance and custom builds. Brent’s machining skills were used for the manufacturing of performance and racing parts. He is still involved with racing.

I want to be an employer partner

If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate, you may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training free of charge while continuing to work.

If you’re an employer and want to hire a participant, you may register with RapidSkills staff to become an employer of choice. This will provide you with access to employees who graduate from the program with the most up-to-date, in-demand, sectoral-focused skills. RapidSkills and Employment Ontario staff will work collaboratively to ensure each participant completes the program in full and that employers have access to any additional programming.

I want to be a participant

Individuals may self-identify for the program and obtain a referral through either Employment Ontario or their current employer, per the criteria above. Participants will be referred to RapidSkills staff, go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, receive testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas, and partake in a program orientation.

If a participant believes they have acquired competencies gained in a micro-credential module through education and/or work, they may request skill testing to challenge for completion of that module (and receipt of the applicable digital badge). Once a participant has completed each module and/or received all digital badges associated with the micro-credential, they will be granted the full micro-credential.

Upon completion of a micro-credential, a participant may be eligible for credit transfers into select Georgian College programs.

Participants may be required to participate in industrial certification and/or employability skills training. This will provide certifications including, but not limited to, Working at Heights, Forklift Training and Electrical Safety.

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Contact information

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