Machinists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Maintain, repair and calibrate precision measuring instruments such as dial indicators, fixed gauges, height gauges and other measuring devices
B. Report deviations from specifications and tolerances to supervisor
C. Maintain inspection records and complete inspection reports.
D. Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed, and plan best sequence of operations
E. Compute dimensions and tolerances and measure and lay out work pieces
F. Set up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools including computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools to perform precision, non-repetitive machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, planing, drilling, precision grinding and other operations
G. Fit and assemble machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
H. Verify dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments
I. May set up and program machine tools for use by machining tool operators.
Machining and tooling inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Verify dimensions of machined parts or tooling using micrometers, verniers, callipers, height gauges, optical comparators, co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) or other specialized measuring instruments
1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 30.0%
2. Machinery manufacturing - 19.0%
3. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 7.0%
5. Other services (except public administration) - 4.0%
6. Primary metal manufacturing - 4.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
1. To be a machinist or machining and tooling inspector, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. To gain trade certification, you must either complete a four-year apprenticeship program or have a combination of over four years' work experience and some college or industry courses in machining.
3. Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories; trade certification for automotive machinists is available, but voluntary in Ontario; trade certification for machinists (CNC) is available, but voluntary in New Brunswick.
4. Qualified machinists may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
5. To be a machining and tool inspector, you need several years' experience as a machinist, tool and die maker, or machining tool operator.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
2. Machine Shop
3. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors is $18.99/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.