CNC Machinist Rapid Upskilling Program

Skills shortages? Partner with WBLC to upskill your current employees in 3 months.

Quick  |  Reliable  |  High ROI

Do you need capable CNC Machinists to increase capacity or replace retirees, but can’t find experienced ones to hire or can’t wait for ‘on-the-job’ training to happen?

Here’s a solution that works: partner with WBLC in a proven 3-month guided blended learning program – e-learning + on-the-job experience – to upskill your current workers.


Your current employees can be more proficient on the job:

  • formalized, enhanced CNC technical knowledge and skills
  • fully certified to the industry-defined technical job standard for
    CNC Machinists [Level 1]

Your Trainers can be more effective and spend less time with Trainees:

  • a proven 4-step process for teaching technical skills
  • practical guidance on interpersonal skills with diverse trainees

Your company can get a fast ROI on your investment:

  • Payback in less than 4 months

You can be confident of success – WBLC’s Work-Based Learning Programs are proven in practice:

  • over 60 advanced manufacturing companies in Ontario have partnered with WBLC
  • over 600 employees quickly learned skilled jobs
  • over 90% success rate

What’s Included In The Program & Why It Works

The WBLC CNC Machinist Program drives business results with elearning that immediately improves your employee’s production performance.

What’s Included In WBLC Machinist Program?


E-learning includes a comprehensive curriculum based on industry defined technical learning outcomes. The modules include text, graphics, photos, animation, video, and quizzes that ensure the participant’s maximum attention and interest.


Weekly Virtual Classroom sessions support self paced e-learning by engaging participants in meaningful discussions and help answer all questions.


Monthly Mentor Coach visits to your shop to support the participants in achieving proficiency.


A Shop Floor Effectiveness Workshop For Technical Trainers supports your Trainers to guide the participants.


Tests, Shop Floor Assignments, Exams, and Experienced Observation measure the performance and success of participants.

Why the WBLC CNC Machinist Program Works!


The program boosts employee engagement using a variety of learning techniques that result in retaining more knowledge.

At the end of the program, particpants will have an excellent general-level knowledge of CNC machines, understand the CNC fundamentals, know the terminology allowing them to communicate effectively within your company, avoiding costly mistakes.

E-learning is delivered on a participants desktop, laptop, or tablet at their convenience. This provides companies with an effective way to upskill current employees without having them lose significant time at work.


Participants become proficient in 3 months vs. 1 year, positively impacting the bottom line. This program is half the cost of classroom based programs.


WBLC elearning is built upon designing and delivering competency based, industry focused, blended learning for over 600 trainees

CNC Machinist elearning Modules

Intro To CNC Machining

Intro To CNC Manufacturing

  • CNC Terminology
  • General Shop Safety
  • CNC Mill + CNC Lathe
  • CNC Manufacturing Shop Floor Tour
  • CNC Machining Videos
  • CNC Machined Parts – Common Features
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • Intro To CNC Manufacturing Test
Intro To CNC Machining

Core + CNC Mathematics

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Statistics
  • Measurement
  • Ordinate Dimensions
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Trade Calculations
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • Core + CNC Mathematics Test
Intro To CNC Machining

CNC Work Documents

  • Blueprint Basics
  • Parts of a Drawing
  • Understanding Dimensions
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Reading Blueprint Dimensions
  • Work Orders
  • Tool Set Up Sheets
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • CNC Work Documents Test
Intro To CNC Machining

Your CNC Toolbox

  • Tools For Measuring
  • Tools For Material Handling and Applying Force
  • Tools For Grasping and Fastening
  • Tools For Shaping and Deburring
  • Tools For Cleaning
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • CNC Toolbox Test
Intro To CNC Machining

CNC Machining: Materials

  • Materials Used In CNC
  • Manufacturing
  • CNC Surface Finishes
  • CNC Materials and Surface Finishes
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • CNC Machining: Materials Test
  • EXAM 1
Intro To CNC Machining

CNC Machines: Mill & Lathe

  • How CNC Cutting Works
  • CNC Mill Cutting Tools
  • CNC Lathe Cutting Tools
  • Cutting Tool Materials, Fluid, & Wear
  • CNC Mill & Lathe Holding Devices
  • CNC Controller
  • CNC M and G Codes
  • CNC Offsets and Compensation
  • CNC Feeds and Speeds
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • CNC Machines Mill & Lathe Test
Intro To CNC Machining

CNC Machining: Milling a Part

  • CNC Mill – Planning A Job
  • CNC Mill – Setting Up A Job
  • CNC Mill – Milling A Part
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • CNC Mill – Milling A Part Test
Intro To CNC Machining

CNC Machining: Turning a Part

  • CNC Lathe – Planning A Job
  • CNC Lathe – Setting Up A Job
  • CNC Lathe – Turning A Part
  • CNC Lathe – Turning A Part Test
  • Shop Floor Assignment
  • EXAM 2

CNC Machinist Virtual Classroom and Shop Floor Training

Weekly Virtual Classroom Sessions

Our E-Learning Instructor works with participants every week over GoToMeeting to discuss the content covered in the e-learning, answer questions, and support the participants in their learning journey.

The e-learning instructor also discusses the Shop Floor Assignments as they offer practical hands on direction to learn about all elements of CNC machines.

Monthly Mentor Coach Visits

Our Mentor Coaches monitor the progress of the participant and conduct assessments as part of the certification process.

They also support your Trainers by answering questions and providing guidance on the program.

Technical Trainers Workshop

The Shop Floor Effectiveness for Technical Trainers (SFETT) Program improves your Technical Trainers effectiveness in managing employees via two 90 minute workshops.

Trainers find they are far more confident and get more out of employees after attending these workshops. Learn more >

WBLC Certification

WBLC certifies participants after they have successfully passed the tests and exams in e-learning, demonstrated understanding of topics to the e-learning Instructor, and demonstrated proficiency on the shop floor to your Trainer and the Mentor Coaches.

What Participants Are Saying About The Program

I had no experience at all with CNC machining.

I can say with confidence that this program truly changed my life and gave me the motivation to pursue an abandoned dream when I thought these opportunities didn’t even exist.

Sanjiv Uthayakumar, Toronto

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