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Precision Machinist

As a precision machinist you could create something that would become an integral part of an airplane, car, piece of surgical equipment, or major industrial machine. Your knowledge of materials’ properties and the machines that can reshape and transform them is invaluable.

In this one-year program you’ll learn how to take a mechanical blueprint and physically produce the part it describes using lathes, drill presses, vices, micrometers, and milling machines.

When you graduate, you’ll be on the road to earning your Red Seal as a precision machinist.

If “close enough is good enough” are words that will never cross your lips, you could be a perfect fit for a career as a precision machinist. Talk to us today.



Program Facts

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

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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.

Graduate Opportunities

  • Production machine shops
  • Machine repair shops
  • Aerospace/aviation shops
  • Farm equipment dealers
  • Heavy equipment companies
  • Shipyards
  • Electrical generation facilities
  • Students wishing to pursue continuing education in the CNC area are encouraged to apply for entrance into the second year of the NBCC Machining program

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Resumé 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: Although not specifically required, Grade 12 academic math and Grade 11 or 12 physics are considered an asset in this program.

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

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

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

  • General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448


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