Metalworking machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May clean or lubricate equipment and replace parts as required.
B. Read specifications or follow verbal instructions
C. Lay out, set up and operate one or more light or heavy metalworking machines such as shears, power presses, saws, plate rolls, drills, brakes, slitters, punch presses, computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, and other hand tools to cut, bend, rol
D. Operate machines or equipment which weld, solder, bolt, screw or rivet metal parts together
E. Check products for correct shapes, dimensions and other specifications
F. Troubleshoot and perform corrective action or minor repairs
G. May select and transport material to work area manually or using crane or hoist
H. May document work completed
I. May build staging or erect scaffolding as required for heavy metalworking jobs
1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 33.0%
2. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 23.0%
3. Machinery manufacturing - 12.0%
4. Primary metal manufacturing - 10.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 6.0%
1. You must have some high school education.
2. You usually receive on-the-job training.
3. You may need previous experience as a labourer or helper.
4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or a structural metal fabricator.
5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.
3. Machine Shop
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)
The average hourly wages for Metalworking Machine Operators is $16.42/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.