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What does a Machinist do?

A Machinist is involved with the set up and operation of metal cutting and grinding machines. They work on numerous materials including metals, plastic and fibreglass. Working to exact specifications, Machinists make and repair products.

- Machinists must be able to analyse data from various sources including specifications and drawings.
- They must have an understanding of the materials they work with and how various stresses such as heat will affect them
- Machinists must be able to work precisely with both human and computer operated equipment

What kind of person makes a good Machinist?

Machinist may be the job for you if you:

- Like working to a high degree of skill and accuracy
- Are able to work in a physically demanding environment
- Have an understanding of math enabling you to estimate and measure to precise figures

How do I become a Machinist?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 4 years, which includes 1560 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school each year
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Carpenter
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Machinist work?

Machinists work in both production and job shops. The majority of Machinists work in manufacturing and oil and gas extraction.

How much does a Machinist make?

On average Machinists make $26 to $32 per hour and can expect a benefits package on top of this. They make around $60,500 a year.

Machinist Case Studies

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