Machining tool operators set up and operate machines to turn, mill, drill, bore, plane, hone, broach, and grind to produce machined parts. They may etch or chemically mill metal pieces.
A. Forging machine operators form metal into shapes and impart hardness, strength, and other characteristics.
B. Woodworking machine operators set up, program, and run woodworking machinery to fabricate/repair parts for wood products.
C. Light and heavy metalworking machine operators shape and form sheet/light metal or steel/heavy metal into parts/products.
D. Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous/non-ferrous metals.
E. Welding machine operators fabricate and repair metal parts using spot, butt, and seam resistance machines or gas/arc welding machines.
F. Brazing and soldering machine operators bond metal parts and fill holes, indentations, and seams in metal articles with solder.
1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 25.0%
2. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 17.0%
3. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 11.0%
4. Machinery manufacturing - 9.0%
5. Wood product manufacturing - 8.0%
6. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 6.0%
7. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%
1. To be a machine operator, you usually need some high school education.
2. You usually receive on-the-job training.
3. You may need experience as a labourer or helper in this area.
4. To be a welder, you need a three-year apprenticeship or three years' work experience with college courses to be eligible for trade certification.
5. To be a machining tool operator, you may need college or other courses in machining.
6. Almost 2 in 5 have either a community college diploma or a trade/vocational certificate.
3. Machine Shop
4. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Machining, Metalworking, Woodworking and Related Machine Operators is $15.80/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.