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Machinists are precise people. They enjoy making complex parts with and without the help of computers. 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 — all to exact dimensions. Machinists also work as machining and tooling inspectors who inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards.
Are you a techie at heart who takes pride in producing high-quality manufactured products? If the answer is yes, then you could be a machinist. Your workspace is a workshop. Many machinists spend their days transferring complex mechanical engineering drawings from a computer screen to computerized machinery. This means you move back and forth between the worlds of computers and precision machines.
Getting a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification is mandatory for machinists. After that, you will need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Apprentice machinists get training while earning a pay cheque and building a career as a highly skilled worker. Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement is also available to allow your skills to be officially recognized across Canada.
Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools or other expenses.
If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the interprovincial Red Seal program for information on how to get started.
Vibration analysts are described more formally as non-destructive testers and inspection technicians. They test forestry machinery and infrastructure using radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other testing equipment.
If you follow this career path, you probably have an affinity for quality control, maintenance and safety. You will spend time evaluating the condition of a range of machines by understanding vibration data and how machines perform.
Whatever your day brings, you’ll know that every time you head into work, you can look forward to being happy with the lifestyle you’ve earned.