General Machinist

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade

Description

  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed; plan best sequence of operations
  • Compute dimensions and tolerances and measure and lay out work pieces
  • 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
  • Fit and assemble machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
  • Verify dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments
  • May set up and program machine tools for use by machining tool operators

Personal Qualities

  • You can work indoors with noise, vibrations and other hazards that are common on the job
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You like working with computers
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required srv108.services.gc.ca/english/profiles/227.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • General machinists are typically employed in manufacturing plants

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification.
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