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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
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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 News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- In Mont-Joli, Armoires Canboard had to use the services of a placement agency to meets its labour needs. The company is still looking for nearly a dozen daytime labourers. (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Méridien Maritime in Matane will be building bridges, employing at least 30 additional workers (available in French only)
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- Excavation work for a dry dock for boats in Gros Cacouna, a Méridien Maritime project that should provide employment to a hundred-some people, will begin in the fall (available in French only)
Week of Feb 04 – Feb 08, 2013
- The Bombardier Transport plant in La Pocatière will be hiring about 20 specialized workers to round out its team (available in French only)
- Marmen Énergie of Matane can guarantee its employees work until the end of 2014 thanks to the contract it has won for the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm (available in French only)
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