Machinists set up and machine using conventional, portable and Computer Numerical Control machines that cut or grind metal and other materials into products with precise dimensions. These machines include lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling machines, boring machines, line borers and portable milling machines.
Designation Year: 1965
Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YK
Trade title: Machinist, in AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, PE, QC, SK, YK
Other titles used in provinces/territories: General Machinist (ON)
View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Machinist trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.
Discover the essential skills machinists need to succeed in their trade.
Find regional information about jobs, average wages, and other news at Explore Careers for the Machinist trade.
Learn what you need to do to Get Ready for your Red Seal Exam.
Try the sample Machinist examination questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination.
Consult the Machinist Exam Counselling Sheet for a breakdown of the Red Seal examination.
Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Machinist.
View information that guides the technical training for this trade in the Machinist Interprovincial Program Guide.
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