metal machining

Precision Machining micro-certificate

Manufacture components, using engineering drawings and traditional industrial machines

Georgian is proud to offer the RapidSkills program, developed in support of the manufacturing sector in a changing economy. Learn about the Precision Machining micro-certificate.


About the Precision Machining micro-certificate

The RapidSkills program consists of four micro-certificates, 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-certificate, 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-certificate module and for the completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

Precision Machining micro-certificate 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-certificates and modules within a micro-certificate—is open to anyone wishing to upgrade their skills.

Intake avenues

Corporate training

  • If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector, we can help.


  • You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff.

Featured faculty

Gary Harris

Faculty for the Precision Machining micro-certificate

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-certificate in response to the needs of the local auto and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Brent Belford

Faculty for the Precision Machining micro-certificate

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.

Corporate training

If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate in corporate training, we can help.

You may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training while continuing to work.

I want to be a participant

Potential 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-certificate 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-certificate, they will be granted the full micro-certificate.

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

Contact us

Our team is always available for questions related to corporate training including group rates, custom programming and how to best utilize Georgian resources.

Contact information

[email protected]
705.728.1968, ext. 1423

One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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