CNC Classes in Oshawa

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Institute of Technical Trades

Computer Numerical Control (referred to as CNC) allows for the tasks, functions, and movements of a machine tool to be controlled by a computerized program. In controlling the machine tool, CNC can manage a wide variety of functions and actions. And today, in practically every industry, Computer Numerical Control machines are operating in small shops and large facilities alike. CNC has become an essential link in the manufacturing process, with more and more companies using the advanced technology. For this, the Institute of Technical Trades offers CNC classes in Oshawa.

In recent years, and with all types of companies modernizing their manufacturing technology, the traditional machinists are slowly losing ground to the CNC specialists. As such, CNC professionals require special vocational training (certificate or diploma) in machining and/or programming. More importantly, today’s employers are seeking CNC graduates who have the latest, most up-to-date education and skill set. It means that beyond basic training, employers are demanding high levels of know how in such design specialties as AutoCAD, SolidWORKS and MasterCAM.


AutoCAD is a well-known, commercial software application that is used primarily in 2D and 3D computer-aided design and drafting. Today, it’s widely used as a desktop application, on mobile devices, and in cloud-based applications. AutoCAD is highly regarded by architects, engineers, graphic designers, project managers, and industry professionals in a wide range of businesses.


SolidWORKS is a proprietary modeling software universally used in computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering. The software is currently in use by millions of engineers and design people around the world, and is routinely used by hundreds of thousands of companies. The SolidWORKS software is a “solid modeler” for creating custom designed models and assemblies.


MasterCAM is software used in computer-aided design and  computer-aided manufacturing (CAD CAM). Created for machinists and engineers, MasterCAM employs tools that allow the operator to create and design virtual parts on the desktop. The software is the most widely used in the world, and enables machinist users in all types of industries to create and cut parts accurately.

Industrial demand for CNC machines, technology, and operators is growing exponentially around the world. To satisfy this demand, the Institute of Technical Trades offers CNC classes in Oshawa to train students for the jobs and job opportunities that are continually made available. ITT offers a specialized Diploma Program in CNC that encompasses the essential components of machine setup, operation, and programming. Training, instruction, and software are regularly updated to ensure that students are up-to-date with the latest state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

At the CNC classes in Oshawa, ITT trains students to machine parts and assemblies by utilizing “machineable” wood, wax, and metal. The specialized training program allows students to learn first hand: how to employ the right tools and tool paths; how to set up and operate a Computer Numerical Control mill and lathe; and how to make use of the precision measuring instruments. CNC classes are in-depth, and include comprehensive instruction in preparing, outputting, and reading engineering blueprints (as well as creating 2D/3D drawings for parts and assemblies).

CNC training at the Institute of Technical Trades is at the leading edge – project work is expedited to exacting specifications, and to the highest technical standards. The training process is meant to replicate the extreme tolerances that today’s employers expect. As such, CNC classes in Oshawa are highly structured, providing the required vocational training for students who will eventually program and operate CNC tools and equipment using proprietary 2D and 3D software. ITT can assure students of the most effective teaching techniques and hands-on learning experience.

The Institute of Technical Trades is a registered Private Career College, which is governed by the Private Career Colleges Act. The CNC classes have the latest computerized machine tools on site and train students in very small class sizes. It’s a learning environment that allows students to have practically unlimited access to develop and refine their skills. ITT students work hands-on with the machinery, and focus on practical training, along with active project participation. And with highly qualified instructors, the training process challenges students to maximize their skill.

One of the main objectives of CNC classes in Oshawa is to encourage students to work to their full potential. In this teaching environment, more advanced students can challenge themselves with more complex and demanding projects. But overall, every student is ready to start working upon the successful completion of the program. Industry statistics show that about 40% of new jobs in the next two decades will be in technology and trades. And that means that employers in these industries will need workers with the training, skills and certifications that are up-to-the-minute.

CNC Machine Setup / Operator / Part Programmer

This CNC course provides intensive training in setup, programming and operation of Computer Numerical Controlled lathes and mills. It’s an in-depth and comprehensive 28-week program approved under the Private Career Colleges Act. CNC classes in Oshawa (offered by The Institute of Technical Trades) consist of classes that set the stage for professional training and coaching.

Financial assistance and student funding options

Money issues should not exclude a student from education and learning. For full time students seeking to learn new skills for a new career, there are a variety of options available for funding and financial aid. In general, financial assistance will be based on student need. This is defined as the difference between the student’s “expected financial contribution” and the total cost of the CNC program at the Institute of Technical Trades. ITT has an experienced Financial Aid Officer who can be of assistance in exploring funding options and preparing the necessary applications.

In Canada (and around the world) there is a potential shortage of skilled trades. This is partly due to a labor generation who has opted for “white collar” careers, leaving a substantial gap in the skilled trades market. And with many baby boomers on the brink of retirement, high paying jobs in the skilled trades are open and available. The Institute of Technical Trades has more than 40 years of teaching experience, having trained well over 30,000 graduates for well paying careers.
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