Machinist

WHAT YOU DO

You know those bolts that hold the tires on your car? A Machinist made those. The robots that get sent to space and land on Mars? Made up of highly specialized parts produced by Machinists.

Machinists transform raw materials like metal, plastic and titanium into precision parts that—when carefully combined with other precision parts—power the machines that make nearly everything around us. As a Machinist, you’ll work on a machine shop or manufacturing plant floor with high-tech tools like drill presses, lathes, milling machines and grinders.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to interpret blueprints and specifications
  • How to program and operate a wide range of high-tech tools and equipment
  • How to make parts or products that are used to build cars, run factories and so much more
  • How to inspect machine parts and tools for safety and quality

WHO YOU WORK FOR

A Machinist’s skills are in demand across a wide range of industries. Find work in manufacturing companies, machine shops, food processing plants, refineries and smelters, pulp and paper mills, and shipyards and rail yards.

Types of Workplaces

  • Machine Shops
  • Metal Fabrication Shops
  • Manufacturers

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with a Red Seal Machinist on the job and learn first hand how to read and interpret blueprints and to perform precise machining operations based on project specifications. Attention to detail is key and your Sponsor will make sure you develop a keen eye for precision, calibration, and accuracy.

Find an Employer Sponsor

Builders are

ATHLETIC, COLLABORATIVE, MATHEMATICAL, PRECISE, TACTILE

Critical Skills

  • Use drilling machines, power saws, lathes, milling machines
  • Interpret drawings and reference materials
  • Select and describe work materials
  • Describe fabrication and assembly
  • Plan sequence of operation
  • Use applied mathematics
  • Understand WHMIS and HAZMAT

Earn

$66K annually
$23.00 - $40.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    gaps between projects

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.