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Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors

What they do?

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

Where they find work?

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%

What education do I need?

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.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Machine Shop
3. Computer-related courses
4. Drafting

What can you expect to make:

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.

Average Wage

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Wage By Age

Unemployment:

3% of Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($18.99) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (33%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Precision work

2. Mechanics

3. 3-D visualization

Part Time Workers

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 50,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 11% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 6% of Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


4% of the individuals employed as Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.