metal machining

Precision Machining micro-certificate

Manufacture components, using engineering drawings and traditional industrial machines

The City of Barrie and Georgian College present RapidSkills micro-certificates in support of the manufacturing sector. Learn about the Precision Machining micro-certificate.


About the Precision Machining micro-certificate

The RapidSkills program consists of a series of 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 three-module, 90-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, 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.

Dates and delivery

In-person training dates:

  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barrie Campus (Aug. 27, Sept. 10 to 17, Oct. 29 to Nov. 19, 2022 and Jan. 7 to Feb. 4, 2023)

Online delivery:

  • No online component

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.

How the RapidSkills program works

Registration for the RapidSkills program is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers.

Intake avenues

Corporate training

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


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.

Register to participate in the program

For job seekers looking for a new opportunity, the RapidSkills program offers tailored skills training and employer connections so that you can quickly move into a job in the local manufacturing sector.

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.

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

One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

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

Schedule a consultation

Interested in developing your workforce but not sure where to begin? We’re here to help.

Call 705.722.5149 or have one of our experts contact you to schedule a FREE, no obligation consultation!

Request a quote

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The RapidSkills micro-credentials program is presented by the City of Barrie and Georgian College, in partnership with the County of Simcoe and the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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