Entry Senior


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

Work Activities
Evaluating Information
Reading and interpreting engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or studying sample parts to determine what machining operations need to be performed and to plan the best sequence of operations.
Handling and Moving Objects
Fitting and assembling machined parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools.
Checking work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.
Separating scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling and disposal.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards.
Processing Information
Measuring, marking and laying out work pieces.
Calculating dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
Attention to Detail
Operation Monitoring
Operation and Control
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Fitter, Boiler Maker, Millwright
  • Machinist to Millwright to Supervisor to Quality Control Inspection
  • Some examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
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How Can I Work in LNG?

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!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Rail transportation
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
  • Truck Transportation
  • Utilities including renewables
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)