Machining tool operators (NOC 9417)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

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Nature of work

Machining tool operators set up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They are employed by metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This unit group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Machining tool operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Study job orders and interpret blueprints to determine machining operations to be performed
  • - Set up and operate machine tools to perform repetitive machining operations, such as turning, milling, drilling, boring, planing, honing, broaching, grinding or other machining operations
  • - Verify dimensions of parts machined using micrometers, callipers and other precision measuring instruments
  • - Prepare etching solution and immerse metal parts or workpiece in etching solution to remove unwanted portions
  • - Perform routine maintenance on equipment and machinery
  • - May enter codes specifying speed, feed and cut of the toolpath for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education is required.
  • * College or other courses in machining may be required.
  • * Several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • * Senior positions in this unit group, such as set-up operator, require experience as a machine operator.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Experienced machining tool operators may become machinists or tool and die makers through apprenticeship training.

Professional associations

  • Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre dans la fabrication métallique industrielle (PERFORM)
  • 5245, boul. Cousineau, local 3300
  • Longueuil, QC
  • J3Y6J8
  • Phone: 450-812-0300
  • Fax: 450-443-9496
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