Machinist - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the Red Seal Occupational Standard for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Major Work Activities, which are divided into Tasks, which are divided into sub-tasks.

The Red Seal exam has a certain number of questions assigned to these sections. The number of questions are provided below. For more information, see the full Red Seal Occupational Standard, and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 923 KB) for this trade.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 135 questions

Major Work Activity A - Performs common occupational skills - 13 questions

Task A-1 Performs safety-related tasks
2 questions
Task A-2 Organizes work
3 questions
Task A-3 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
2 questions
Task A-4 Processes workpiece material
4 questions
Task A-5 Maintains machines, tooling and inspection equipment
2 questions

Major Work Activity B - Performs benchwork - 11 questions

Task B-6 Performs hand processes
8 questions
Task B-7 Refurbishes components
3 questions

Major Work Activity C – Machines using power saws - 8 questions

Task C-8 Sets up power saws
5 questions
Task C-9 Operates power saws
3 questions

Major Work Activity D – Machines using drill presses - 9 questions

Task D-10 Sets up drill presses
5 questions
Task D-11 Operates drill presses
4 questions

Major Work Activity E – Machines using conventional lathes - 28 questions

Task E-12 Sets up conventional lathes
14 questions
Task E-13 Operates conventional lathes
14 questions

Major Work Activity F – Machines using conventional milling machines - 28 questions

Task F-14 Sets up conventional milling machines
15 questions
Task F-15 Operates conventional milling machines
13 questions

Major Work Activity G – Machines using precision grinding machines - 11 questions

Task G-16 Sets up precision grinding machines
6 questions
Task G-17 Operates precision grinding machines
5 questions

Major Work Activity H – Machines using computer numerical control (cnc) machines - 27 questions

Task H-18 Performs CNC programming
12 questions
Task H-19 Sets up CNC machines
8 questions
Task H-20 Operates CNC machines
7 questions

For more information about exam preparation materials (textbooks, modules, etc.) contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.

*Number of questions assigned are derived from the input from people in this trade from across Canada.