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What do Machinists do?

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.

How to become: Machinists

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.

Where to study for a career as: Machinists

Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mechanical Technician - Machinist Diploma
Mechanical Technician - Machinist Certificate
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Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mechanical Technician - General Machinist Diploma; Co-op
Mechanical Technician - CNC Diploma
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Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Machinist Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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