So, you think you might want to be a Machinist?

Watch a day in the life of a Machinist and discover the skills you need for this trade.

Job Description

Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions.

They are employed by machinery, equipment, motor vehicle, automotive parts, aircraft and other metal products manufacturing companies and by machine shops. They also work in wood manufacturing and food processing plants, as well as in refineries.

If you want to be a Machinist, you could choose to work in the Transportation Sector where machines are manufactured, repaired or used. These may include industries that manufacture machinery equipment, motor vehicle or aerospace parts. Machinists produce precision parts that are used in all aspects of manufacturing.

Or Machinists may also work in the Resource Sector in shipyards, rail yards, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines, smelters, metal fabricating and repair shops.

Look below to find out which sectors of BC’s economy you can work in if you pursue this trade.

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For more information on how much Machinists make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

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