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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.
Welders cut and join pieces of metal. Welders may also work as machine operators who operate previously set-up welding, brazing and soldering equipment.
Working as a welder for a forest product company means you will be in a fast-paced environment. Fixing broken equipment may mean you have to step in and manage a situation without much notice. Welding is physically demanding, and it requires manual dexterity and an eye for detail.
Welder Level A is someone who has advanced training, skills and abilities to weld all materials, including specialized alloys, by any manual welding process.
Welder Level B is a person who can weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals on plates and pipes. Welder Level C is someone who can weld various steel and aluminum parts.
Welding work also overlaps with the work of industrial mechanics (millwright), sheet-metal workers, steamfitters, pipefitters, metal fabricators (fitter), iron workers and boilermakers. With extra training, welders can transfer their skills to these related occupations.