Machinist

APPRENTICESHIP - YES

$23,920 - $54,600

TRAINING

FUTURE OUTLOOK

At a glance

A machinist sets up and operates equipment such as lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling and boring machines, shapers, planers, precision measuring tools, hand and power tools, and related attachments and accessories. These cutting tools are used to manufacture and repair parts and products made from metals, plastics, rubber textiles, fiberglass, and space age alloys.

Machinists can specialize or continue to work on various tools. In general, they are trained to:

  • Study specifications, drawings, or sample parts to determine the machining operation needed
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances and prepare working sketches if necessary
  • Measure and mark the metal
  • Assemble machines, install attachments
  • Setup and operate tools to perform precision machining operations
  • Determine cutting speeds and feeds, then cut and file material
  • Turn and/or bore contours, spheres, and parallel surfaces
  • Drill and ream holes using drills, lathes, and mills
  • Mill, shape, or plane surfaces, mill gears
  • Cut threads, keyways, slots, serrations, and grooves
  • Grind and sand metal surfaces
  • Test surfaces for cracks, hardness, and finishes using a variety of equipment and applications
  • Manipulate metal through the use of heat
  • Fit parts to mechanisms and verify dimensions and maintain cutting tools

Note: You can also train to be a CNC machinist, after you complete either your machinist OR tool & die certification. A CNC machinist is someone who programs, sets up, and operates metal cutting computer numerical control machines including:

  • Computer numerical control lathes
  • Computer numerical control mills
  • Computer numerical control electrical discharge machines (EDM)
  • Computer numerical control grinders

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Machine shops
  • Rail companies and by metal product
  • Farm machinery manufacturing
  • Aerospace industries

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Machinist could be the career for you!


  • Do you have the mechanical ability to use tools and machines to build complex parts?
  • Do you have good eyesight?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Can you work with both metric and imperial measurements?
  • Do you have the ability to estimate and measure sizes and distances accurately?
  • Are you able to work independently at tasks that require concentration?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Wages

Below you will find the annual

salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for Machinists.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$26,312

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$45,000 - $56,600

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html

Training

Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/index.html

Machinist

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 8 weeks Y4: 4 weeks

Additional Licensing

No

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10, 800 hours

Practical Exam required

Yes

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

No

Red Seal Trade available

Yes

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