Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as ¿building blocks¿ because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
Machining tool operators set-up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work.
Working with Others
Machining tool operators work independently. They are part of a team that includes mechanics, welders, machinists, fellow operators and management. Team members co-ordinate their efforts to ensure machines are used efficiently and work priorities are well managed.
Machining tool operators continue to learn new specifications and procedures through on-the-job training and experience. They receive training in first aid and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
All essential skills are affected by the introduction of technology in the workplace. Machining tool operators' ability to adapt to new technologies is strongly related to their skill levels across the essential skills, including reading, writing, thinking and communication skills. Technologies are transforming the ways in which workers obtain, process and communicate information, and the types of skills needed to perform in their jobs. In particular, the increased use of computer-assisted design (CAD), manufacturing and machining software requires machining tool operators to develop digital skills in order to stay current. For example, workers may need the skills to use increasingly complex software applications, such as CAD software to access, modify and print technical drawings; or to input data in order to operate numerically controlled equipment, such as lathes and cutting machines. At the same time, software and hardware developers are improving ease of use for workers through touch-screen technology, built-in self-help tutorials and user-friendly software applications.
Technology in the workplace further affects the complexity of tasks related to the essential skills required for this occupation. While CAD software has increased the complexity of scale drawings, electronic databases and keyword search functions can make it easier to find information, such as specifications. Workers can complete documents (e.g. work orders) or calculate costs, material requirements, conversions, volumes, rates, and offsets with speed and accuracy using Web-based applications, specialized software that inputs data automatically, and hand-held devices, such as calculators and personal digital assistants (PDAs).