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Metalworking Machine Operators

What they do?

Metalworking machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May clean or lubricate equipment and replace parts as required.

B. Read specifications or follow verbal instructions

C. Lay out, set up and operate one or more light or heavy metalworking machines such as shears, power presses, saws, plate rolls, drills, brakes, slitters, punch presses, computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, and other hand tools to cut, bend, rol

D. Operate machines or equipment which weld, solder, bolt, screw or rivet metal parts together

E. Check products for correct shapes, dimensions and other specifications

F. Troubleshoot and perform corrective action or minor repairs

G. May select and transport material to work area manually or using crane or hoist

H. May document work completed

I. May build staging or erect scaffolding as required for heavy metalworking jobs

Where they find work?

1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 33.0%
2. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 23.0%
3. Machinery manufacturing - 12.0%
4. Primary metal manufacturing - 10.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 6.0%

What education do I need?

1. You must have some high school education.

2. You usually receive on-the-job training.

3. You may need previous experience as a labourer or helper.

4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or a structural metal fabricator.

5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Machine Shop
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Metalworking Machine Operators is $16.42/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.

Average Wage

Metalworking Machine Operators wages

Expected Wage by Age

Metalworking Machine Operators Wage By Age


7% of Metalworking Machine Operators are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.


Metalworking Machine Operators Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Metalworking Machine Operators Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Metalworking Machine Operators is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.42) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be below average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Metalworking Machine Operators are found inOntario and Manitoba while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (42%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Drawings/blueprints

2. Detail/precision work

3. Communication skills

Part Time Workers

Metalworking Machine Operators Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

1% of Metalworking Machine Operators are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 56,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 67% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Metalworking Machine Operators Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (40).

Self Employed

Metalworking Machine Operators Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 1% of Metalworking Machine Operators are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Metalworking Machine Operators Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

23% of the individuals employed as Metalworking Machine Operators are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.