Machinists set up and machine using conventional, portable and Computer Numerical Control machines that cut or grind metal and other materials into products with precise dimensions. These machines include lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling machines, boring machines, line borers and portable milling machines.
Designation Year: 1965
Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YK
Trade title: Machinist, in AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, PE, QC, SK, YK
Other titles used in provinces/territories: General Machinist (ON)
View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Machinist trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.
Please refer to the Essential Skills section of the trade’s Occupational Standard that describes the essential skills needed to succeed in this trade.
Find job market information such as wages, outlooks, education and skills needed at Explore Careers on the Job Bank website.
Try the sample Machinist examination questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination.
Consult the Machinist Exam Breakdown for a breakdown of the Red Seal examination.
Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Machinist.