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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. Machining and tooling inspectors inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards. They are employed by machinery, equipment, motor vehicle, automotive parts, aircraft and other metal products manufacturing companies and by machine shops.
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- Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed, and plan best sequence of operations
- Compute dimensions and tolerances and measure and lay out work pieces
- Set up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools including computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools to perform precision, non-repetitive machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, planing, drilling, precision grinding and other operations
- Fit and assemble machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
- Verify dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments
- May set up and program machine tools for use by machining tool operators.
- Verify dimensions of machined parts or tooling using micrometers, verniers, callipers, height gauges, optical comparators, co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) or other specialized measuring instruments
- Maintain, repair and calibrate precision measuring instruments such as dial indicators, fixed gauges, height gauges and other measuring devices
- Report deviations from specifications and tolerances to supervisor
- Maintain inspection records and complete inspection reports.
Outlook & Prospects for Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors in Bas-Saint-Laurent Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2013-01-14|
For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
The number of machinists and machining and tooling inspectors in the region has been on a fairly strong upswing in recent years. This growth was due to the good performance of the manufacturing sector. Since 2008, employment levels have been trending downward. The economic recession and slowdown in the manufacturing industry have adversely affected employment for machinists.
In Bas-Saint-Laurent, the main industries providing employment in this occupation are machinery manufacturing (25%), metal products manufacturing (23%), transportation equipment manufacturing (17%) and wood products manufacturing (8%). These sectors-with the exception of the woods products sector-are expected to post strong growth over the next three years. Therefore, renewed employment growth is projected for machinists over the course of the 2012-2014 forecast period.
A few vacancies will also become available to replace workers who are retiring, but the attrition rate in this occupation is low because, according to the 2006 census data, only 8% of the workers were aged 55 and over.
In addition, there are not many unemployed machinists in the region. The opportunities will be accessible first to graduates of programs providing vocational training in machining, and second to the few experienced machinists who are unemployed.
The labour market situation for Vocational Studies Diploma (DEP) graduates in Machining Techniques and for those with a Vocational Studies Accreditation (ASP) in Numerical Control Machine Tool Operation has severely deteriorated since the recession of 2008-2009.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- The window and door company Lepage Millwork, based in Rivière-du-Loup, will have to hire approximately 40 persons (available in French only)
- On November 4th, Groupe Lebel has announced a project estimated at nearly $865,000, which will serve to implement a production unit of exterior wood siding in the municipality of Lac-des-Aigles, which will lead to the creation of nearly a dozen jobs (available in French only)
- Fonderie Bradken of Mont-Joli is experiencing problems recruiting a skilled labour force (available in French only)
- One hundred and fifty employees will get their walking papers for at least 6 months following layoffs at the Bombardier plant in La Pocati¿re; the first layoffs, which will be staggered through to March, will take place on January 16. (available in French only)
- Due to financial difficulties, production at Rivière-du-Loup¿s Groupe CNP plant has been stopped since the end of June, and 170 employees are still out of work (available in French only)
- After leaving the wood flooring and moulding sector, Métis-sur-Mer-based business Boiseries Rousseau will keep only 20 of the 40 employees who worked there the previous year (available in French only)
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