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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9416b Occupation: Metalworking machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Light metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form sheet or other light metal into parts or products. They are employed by sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal shops and other light metal products manufacturing establishments. Heavy metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form steel or other heavy metal into parts or products. They are employed by structural steel fabrication, boiler and platework manufacturing companies, heavy machinery manufacturing companies and in the shipbuilding industry. Light metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form sheet or other light metal into parts or products. They are employed by sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal shops and other light metal products manufacturing establishments. Heavy metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form steel or other heavy metal into parts or products. They are employed by structural steel fabrication, boiler and platework manufacturing companies, heavy machinery manufacturing companies and in the shipbuilding industry.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read logs from previous shifts with details of how many pieces were cut, where jobs stopped at the end of the shift and problems encountered with machines. (1)
  • Read notes on process sheets which give instructions about the machine processes to be used to complete particular jobs. (2)
  • Read memos posted on bulletin boards, providing information about company events. (2)
  • Read machine operating manuals for information on maintenance and repairs. (3)
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Writing
  • Complete timesheet recording the jobs undertaken, the tasks completed and the start and finish times. (1)
  • Fill in bin tags. (1)
  • Write reminder notes to have material in place for the next shift. (1)
  • Record the amount of down time occurring during shifts, outlining why machines were down and for how long, who was called and what was done to fix the machines. (1)
  • Complete a job log to document how unique jobs were done for reference in the future. (1)
  • Write memos to co-workers to tell them what has been completed, what needs to be done and the materials that are needed. (2)
  • Write and attach notes to process sheets recommending design changes in the bends, resequencing of operations or changes in the material being used. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read safety signs and labels placed on machines and lists on machines outlining daily maintenance required. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels on products such as varsol, propane and acetylene. (2)
  • Complete production cards indicating the length of time it took to complete jobs and the reasons for any delays. (2)
  • Read packing slips and work tickets. (2)
  • Read tables in manuals with information on machinery set-up. (2)
  • Obtain information from sketches on instruction cards. (2)
  • Complete work orders. (2)
  • Plot information on graphs to show the quantity of each material used. (2)
  • Complete non-conformance reports to describe errors in completed work, outlining the reasons for the errors and the outcome. These reports are used to determine whether the pieces can be saved or whether they should be scrapped. (3)
  • Complete and read process or specification sheets, outlining employee numbers, quantity of pieces completed, tolerance required for parts, dimensions, time spent on jobs, how and where to weld, quantity and types of material and work stations involved in the process, the time started and stopped and the number of pieces that were acceptable. (3)
  • Fill out tracking reports, measuring dimensions of products produced to ensure they meet specifications and outlining changes to be made to machine settings to improve trueness to specifications. (3)
  • Refer to bar graphs indicating how often pieces should be checked for accuracy and tolerance. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings to determine how to put parts together. (3)
  • Refer to drawings and blueprints illustrating angles, steel thickness, tolerances, types of indentations and bends. These are used to decide how material should be cut. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, use computer numerical control (CNC) operated machinery such as computerized brake press programs which are set up for every job and new part to set the angle and orientation of the bend. Respond to specifications on computer screens, entering predefined data to activate the programs in the machines. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Instruct forklift operators to take parts to particular areas. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to place orders for supplies such as liquid air. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to answer questions on safety issues, co-ordinate work, discuss work flow and exchange suggestions on work processes. (2)
  • Communicate with programmers to discuss engineering design problems and sequencing of the punch and cutting operations. (2)
  • Talk to customers to provide alternatives or to suggest improved methods of producing designed parts. (2)
  • Communicate with lead hands or quality control inspectors to discuss working drawings that lack specifications. (2)
  • Interact with servicers of equipment when there are breakdowns. (2)
  • Talk to supervisors about shift changes, work plans, work priorities and ordering materials for cutting. (2)
  • Exchange information with other operators regarding the use of special tools. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the thickness of material to be bent, shaped or cut to determine the material's strength, flexibility and stretching qualities. (1)
  • Measure the lengths of material pieces starting with the longest piece and working to the shortest. (1)
  • Calculate the circumference of a circle using a formula. (2)
  • Measure the angles of bends. (2)
  • Set tools and equipment to precise tolerances before manufacturing parts. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Take averages of hot and cold lengths of metal, as part of a quality control process. (2)
  • Track how the dimensions of products change over specified time periods. If measurements get out of acceptable ranges, operators must adjust the machines to conform with quality control standards. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how long jobs will take to complete, taking into consideration the time for layout, the availability of material and equipment, how many torches are required, the number of pieces to be cut and the amount of material needed. (2)
  • Estimate the location of each bend in a part and the machine setting for the bend. If these estimates, which are made frequently, are incorrect the pieces become scrap. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Metalworking machine operators receive instructions and priorities from their supervisors and generally follow the order in which work orders were received. Work may be interrupted because of rush jobs. Metalworking machine operators sequence their tasks and co-ordinate work with other parts of the factory to ensure assembly lines have enough parts to work with. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which cutting torches to use when cutting material in order to cut accurately and prevent material from buckling. Use tables in manuals as well as past experience to guide their decision. (1)
  • Decide whether to change the welding wire. (1)
  • Decide whether or not non-conforming pieces need to be flattened or whether they can be used further down the assembly line as they are. (2)
  • Decide how to lay out material to produce as little waste as possible. Base decisions on experience and the sketches made prior to cutting. (2)
  • Decide which bends in a multiple bend sequence should be done first. (2)
  • Decide whether or not to stop work if there are unsafe conditions relating to the furnace or if dimensions of metal pieces are nearing the out-of-range zone. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Metal pieces are bent in the wrong manner or at the wrong location. Straighten the metal if the error can be rectified in a short time or send it back to other workers for re-work. (1)
  • Deliveries are not on time and supplies of liquid air have run out. Before this situation occurs, take out small bottles of liquid air to keep on hand to prevent work stoppages. (1)
  • The dimensions of some parts do not meet specifications. Adjustments may be made to robot settings or the engineering department could be called to check the settings. (2)
  • The dimensions of a part are out of specification. Pick a course of action to bring it back into an acceptable variance, using trial and error and past experience. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to drawings or log books to find information on set-up arrangements. (1)
  • Consult multiple sources to get information on how to weld special materials such as titanium. (2)
  • Consult the lead hand, engineering department or quality control personnel to get information on machine adjustments. (2)
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