CNC Machinist [Level1]
Work-Based Learning Program:
Info for Job Seekers

Does This Describe You?

  • Do you like creating, making, and building things?
  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Do your friends call you when they need help in fixing mechanical things?
  • Are good with details and precision?
  • Do you like tinkering with mechanical things?
  • Do you like using your brain for critical thinking in math and physics?
  • Do you enjoy working mostly independently?
  • Do you want to have responsibility and be accountable for the things you produce at work?
  • Would you like to have a job where you can be busy all the time?
  • Would you prefer to be on your feet – moving around, rather than sitting at a desk all day?

If you can answer “Yes” to almost all these questions, then you might want to consider a career as a CNC Machinist

What Is CNC Machining?

CNC means Computer Numerical Control. This means a computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and they control the movement of a CNC machine’s cutter. In this way, the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material into parts. Call it 3D manufacturing.

What Does A CNC Machinist Do?

Machining is a big part of manufacturing processes. A CNC machinist is specially trained to program, operate, and maintain CNC Machines. He or she uses expert knowledge to set up machines that are capable of cutting, bending, forming, and polishing raw metal into finished parts and tools. Metal parts used to be cut and molded by hand. Today, a CNC machinist reads and interprets blueprints, programs and inputs data into a computer system, monitors production, makes careful adjustments, and inspects the accuracy of a machine’s operation and resulting parts.

CNC Machinist – Job Overview

In this video, learn all about what a CNC Machinist does on the job

Ready To Apply?

Our WBLC CNC Machinist Program Application Process Consists of three parts:

Fill In The Application

This program is funded by the Government of Canada. As part of that funding, we are required to collect demographic data on applicants.

This data will be compiled, anonymized, and shared with the Government. No individual personal data will be shared.

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Once you have completed the application, you will be sent an email with a link to complete the Assessment. You will have 72 hours to start the assessment.


Complete The Assessment

The process takes about 90 minutes, and it is to be completed in one sitting. You will be asked to complete a number of online tests that will measure some of your current competencies and skills.

We recommended that you complete the online tests on a laptop or desktop computer rather than a phone because the screen will be easier to see and use.

Example questions will be provided to show you how a test works and allow you to practice. This assessment process is designed to be fair and objective.

Interview / Coaching

If the results of this assessment process indicate that your current capabilities, competencies and attributes are a good fit with one or more of the employers offering Training Programs, you will be invited to an in-person or telephone interview.

If the assessment process shows a significant gap in one or more competencies, you may have the opportunity to sign up for some free coaching that would be directed at your specific competency gaps. If this applies to your assessment, you will be contacted and provided with more information.