About This Career
Machinists set up, operate, fabricate, modify and repair a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. They may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines. They interact with engineering, supervisory or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information. Machinists use tools such as boring machines, radial drills, calipers, lathes etc. They also use applications such as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, machinist analytical or scientific software, and industrial control software.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required, along with a four-year apprenticeship program or several years of experience working in the trade along with some industry approved college courses.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Gear Machinist, Journeyman Machinist, Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Maintenance Machinist, Maintenance Specialist, Production Machinist, Set-Up Machinist, Tool Room Machinist, Machining Inspector
- Some examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
- Machinist to Millwright to Supervisor to Quality Control Inspection
- Fitter, Boiler Maker, Millwright
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- Offsite fabrication
- LNG facility operations
- LNG facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
- Truck Transportation
- Rail transportation
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Machinery manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities including renewables
- Mining and quarrying
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- H2S Alive depending on work facility
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Asbestos Safety
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Respirator fit testing
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Red Seal endorsement is available to qualified Machinists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories.