Machining Tool Operators

(NOC 9417)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Machining tool operators set up and use or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They work for metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces.

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.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

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 small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Machining Tool Operators most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 75% of Machining Tool Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $42,119. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$34,276

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

Machining tool operators set up and use or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They work for metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces.

Job duties

Machining tool operators:

  • Study job orders and interpret blueprints to decide what machining operations to do.
  • Set up and use machine tools to perform repetitive machining operations like turning, milling, drilling, boring, planing, honing, broaching, and grinding.
  • Verify dimensions of parts machined using micrometers, callipers and other precision measuring instruments.
  • Prepare etching solution and dip metal parts or workpiece in etching solution to get rid of unwanted parts.
  • Maintain equipment and machinery.
  • May enter codes specifying speed, feed and cut of the toolpath for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.

Sample job titles

  • aircraft parts etcher
  • boring mill operator
  • computer numerical control (CNC) machining tool operator
  • lathe machining operator
  • machining tool operator
  • mulling machine set-up operator
  • production gear cutter
  • production grinder operator
  • radial drill 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.
  • College or other courses in machining may be needed.
  • Several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • Senior positions in this unit group like set-up operator require experience as a machine operator.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common in these jobs. Experienced machining tool operators may become machinists or tool and die makers through apprenticeship training.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

75.0%

employed full-time

25.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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35.3

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?

25.0%

Southern

25.0%

North Shore

25.0%

Cape Breton

25.0%

Halifax

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

75.0%

Manufacturing

25.0%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

45-54

25.0%

15-24

25.0%

25-34

25.0%

35-44

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

62.5%

College Diploma

N/A
25.0%

High school

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%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Machine tool technology/machinist

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, test, and repair parts, mechanisms, machines, and structures in which materials are cast, formed, shaped, moulded, heat treated, cut, twisted, pressed, fused, stamped or worked.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327

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Job postings

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