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.
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|Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice|
Peace River, Alberta
|Heavy Duty Mechanic|
Fox Creek, Alberta
|Millwright (Red Seal)|
Prince George, British Columbia
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.
Apprenticeship grants: Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay
tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses. If you are considering an apprenticeship,
visit Red Seal for information on how to get started.
|Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology|
|Sprott Shaw College|
The requirements listed are generally required qualifications for this Career Type. The qualifications may vary based on the employer and/or the geographic location of that job.
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