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Machinists are responsible for setting up and operating a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions for use in industrial machinery or products. As well, they design and manufacture instruments for a variety of initiatives such as remote sensing.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI

Most employees have:

Trades certificate or diploma


Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

What you do

A Machinist performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed
  • Compute dimensions and tolerances and measures, and lay out work pieces
  • Set up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools including tools to perform precision, non-repetitive machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, drilling, precision grinding and other operations
  • Fit and assemble machined metal parts and sub-assemblies using hand and power tools

What you need

  • Keen interest in machines, precision techniques, and processes
  • Good hand-eye coordination and agility
  • Ability to work with tools and read mechanical drawings
  • Ability to work systematically, think analytically, and perform basic mathematical calculations
  • Proficiency in using computer equipment

Who's hiring in Atlantic Canada?

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