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Precision Machinist

In the Precision Machinist program, you will discover how to take a mechanical blueprint and physically produce the part it describes.  Learn to operate lathes, drill presses, vices, micrometers, and milling machines to create the precise component required by technical drawings. You could create something that would become an integral part of an airplane or car, a piece of surgical equipment, or a major industrial machine. If you pay attention to detail, have mechanical aptitude and an understanding of material properties, you will succeed in this program.

You will earn apprenticeship hours for each week of your program and will qualify to write your Level 1 exam toward your Red Seal certification.



Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential: Certificate, Machinist
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants with academic math and physics.

Graduate Opportunities

  • Production machine shops
  • Machine repair shops
  • Aerospace/aviation shops
  • Farm equipment dealers
  • Heavy equipment companies
  • Shipyards
  • Electrical generation facilities
  • After graduation, if you choose to continue your CNC training, you may apply for entrance into the second year of the NBCC Machining program

Red Seal Information


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a machinist begins with the Precision Machinist program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write the apprenticeship year one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 7231.


Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.


Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Precision Machinist program, contact:

  • General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448


Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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