(NOC 7231)


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.

Degrees Associated with This Career


Useful Experience/Skills

Precision work
3-D visualization
Quality control

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Machine Shop
Blueprint Reading
Computer-related courses

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