Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators

(NOC 9416)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Light metalworking machine operators use metalworking machines that shape and form sheet or other light metal into parts or products. They work for sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal shops and other light metal products manufacturing companies. Heavy metalworking machine operators use metalworking machines that shape and form steel or other heavy metal into parts or products. Forging machine operators use forging machines to form and shape metal into various shapes and sizes and impart desired strength, hardness or other characteristics. They work for structural steel fabrication, boiler and platework manufacturing companies, heavy machinery manufacturing companies and in the shipbuilding industry. Forging machine operators work in the metal products, machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
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Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 63% of Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $38,837. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$14.24

Minimum

$21.00

Median

$42.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$37,250

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Light metalworking machine operators use metalworking machines that shape and form sheet or other light metal into parts or products. They work for sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal shops and other light metal products manufacturing companies.

Heavy metalworking machine operators use metalworking machines that shape and form steel or other heavy metal into parts or products. Forging machine operators use forging machines to form and shape metal into various shapes and sizes and impart desired strength, hardness or other characteristics. They work for structural steel fabrication, boiler and platework manufacturing companies, heavy machinery manufacturing companies and in the shipbuilding industry. Forging machine operators work in the metal products, machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

Job duties

Metalworking machine operators:

  • Read specifications or follow spoken instructions.
  • Lay out, set up and use one or more light or heavy metalworking machines.
  • Use machines or equipment that weld, solder, bolt, screw or rivet metal parts together.
  • Check products for correct shapes, dimensions and other specifications.
  • Investigate problems and fix or make minor repairs.
  • May select and transport material to work area manually or using crane or hoist.
  • May document work completed.
  • May build staging or scaffolding as required for heavy metalworking jobs.
  • May clean or lubricate equipment and replace parts as required.

Forging machine operators:

  • Use gas or oil furnaces to heat metal to proper temperature before forging.
  • Place metal pieces in furnace using hand tongs or overhead cranes and remove from furnace when colour of metal indicates proper forging temperature, or load and unload furnace with automatic conveyor.
  • Position heated or cold metal pieces, on die of press or other forging machinery.
  • Use presses or other forging machines to perform hot or cold forging to shape or form metal.
  • Position and adjust dies on anvil of forging machinery using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices and hand tools.

Sample job titles

  • bending press operator
  • cold press operator
  • disk flange operator
  • drop hammer operator
  • electric arc cutter
  • forging press operator
  • metalworking machine operator
  • power brake operator
  • power press operator
  • punch press setter
  • roll operator
  • saw operator
  • shear setter
  • sheet metal roll operator

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical ability are important. You must be accurate and pay attention to detail. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be necessary.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a labourer or helper in the same company may be required.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common in these jobs. There is little or no movement between operators of light and heavy metalworking machines. ** Movement to structural metal fabricator or supervisory positions is possible with experience for metalworking machine operators. ** Movement to blacksmith, die setting, or supervisory positions is possible with experience for forging machine operators.

By the numbers

Quick look

130

employed in 2016

96.3%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

7.4%
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92.6%
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44.5

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

34.6%

Halifax

23.1%

Annapolis Valley

19.2%

Southern

15.4%

North Shore

7.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

81.8%

Manufacturing

9.1%

Wholesale trade

9.1%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

27.0%

35-44

19.0%

25-34

15.0%

55-64

8.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

50.0%

High school

$37,147 median annual income
26.9%

Less than high school

$38,902 median annual income
19.2%

College Diploma

N/A
7.7%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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