Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions. Machining and tooling inspectors inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards.

Work: , Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts/tables, or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed; and plan best sequence of operations , Compute dimensions/tolerances and measure/lay out work pieces , Set up, operate, and maintain a wide variety of machine tools including computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools to cut or grind metal/similar materials into parts or products with precise dimensions , Inspect machined parts/tooling to maintain quality control standards

Title Examples: Automotive Machinist, Aviation Machinist, General Machinist, Machining Inspector, Machinist, Machinist Apprentice, Tooling Inspector

Useful Secondary School subjects: Machine Shop, Blueprint Reading, Math, Computer-related courses

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: To be a machinist you usually need a high school diploma. , 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. , 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. , Qualified machinists may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor. , Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.

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