Machining, Metalworking, Woodworking and Related Machine Operators

Machining tool operators set up and operate machines to turn, mill, drill, bore, plane, hone, broach and grind to produce machined parts. Parts may also be etched or chemically milled. Forging machine operators form metal into shapes and impart hardness, strength and other characteristics. Woodworking machine operators set up, program and run woodworking machinery to fabricate and repair parts for wood products. Light and heavy metalworking machine operators shape and form sheet and light metal or steel and heavy metal into parts and products. Welding machine operators fabricate and repair metal parts using spot, butt and seam resistance machines or gas or arc welding machines. Brazing and soldering machine operators bond metal parts and fill holes, indentations and seams in metal articles with solder. Other metal products machine operators run machines such as wire looms to produce metal parts and products such as fencing, nails and chains.


  • High school diploma.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Previous experience as a helper or labourer.
  • Welders must complete an apprenticeship program.