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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9417 Occupation: Machining tool operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Machining tool operators set up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They are employed by metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This unit group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces. Machining tool operators set up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They are employed by metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This unit group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces.

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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 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4 5
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read short notes on drawings and labels, e.g. read comments on drawings to learn about design changes to products. (1)
  • Read short notes in logbooks and forms, e.g. read work orders to learn about delivery deadlines and special instructions. (1)
  • Read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of solvents and their possible hazards. (2)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions for the operation of equipment, such as drill presses. (2)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from employers to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to set-up, operate and maintain equipment, such as computer numerically controlled lathes. (3)
  • Read trade magazines, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (3)
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  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about the status of projects. (1)
  • Write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing workers' compensation board forms. (2)
  • Write comments in forms, e.g. write comments in defect and non-conformity reports to describe defects and corrective actions taken. (2)
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Document Use
  • Observe symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan symbols on equipment to identify safety concerns, such as noise and electrical hazards. (1)
  • View meters and digital readouts, e.g. scan digital readouts on numerically controlled equipment to determine settings. (1)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, times, quantities and identification numbers, in job cards, work orders and defect reports. (2)
  • Locate the grade of metals and their alloys using colour code charts. (2)
  • Locate data in lists and schedules, e.g. scan lists to locate part numbers, sizes and quantities in suppliers’ product lists. (2)
  • Locate data, such as specifications, speeds, feed rates, metal classifications, identification numbers, times and material coefficients, in complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine the material requirements for projects. (3)
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to learn how to disassemble and assemble equipment. (3)
  • Interpret and locate data in complex drawings, such as blueprints, e.g. scan complex scale drawings to determine the angle and position of boreholes. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Input data to operate numerically controlled equipment, such as lathes and cutting machines. (1)
  • Use databases to query inventories and locate parts specifications and details of previously completed projects. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to locate information, such as equipment and supply specifications. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to access, modify and print technical drawings. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. talk with co-workers about project requirements and with quality control personnel about the quality of parts completed. (2)
  • Talk to customers, e.g. talk to customers to clarify specifications and discuss project outcomes. (2)
  • Explain the use of equipment, such as computer numerically controlled drill presses and lathes, to new employees. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure distances, angles and volumes using basic measuring tools, such as tape measures, digital protractors and calibrated beakers. (1)
  • Calculate material requirements by totaling material requirements and making allowances for wastage, take-off and make-up measurements. (2)
  • Use precise measuring tools, e.g. use dial calipers and micrometers to measure dimensions, such as inside and outside diameters to 1/10,000 of an inch. (3)
  • Use formulae to calculate cutting speeds, taking into account cutting diameter, material being machined and type of tool being used. (3)
  • Transpose measurements from scale drawings into machine operating code, e.g. program computer numerically controlled machine tools, specifying movement along three axes to create the specified shape. (4)
  • Lay out materials using geometric construction methods, e.g. use concepts, such as symmetry and parallelism, to lay out machining projects. (4)
  • Use trigonometry and triangle relationships to calculate angles, tapers and faces when machining complex parts. (5)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of angles, dimensions and clearances to specifications. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate the average number of products produced per hour and shift. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate metal shrinkage rates when cooled. (1)
  • Estimate the time needed to carry out the machining operations described in customers' specification sheets, e.g. use estimates to project the time needed to complete batch lots. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Machining tool operators plan the order of tasks to complete the jobs assigned. Much of the planning is short range, focusing on organizing the workstation, doing set-up, programming the machine and verifying hole placement. They may interrupt their schedule to help others or complete rush jobs. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks and your priorities. Decide which procedure to follow when completing projects. (1)
  • Choose methods and materials for projects. Consider project specifications and the availability of parts and supplies. (2)
  • Decide the most efficient use of materials during construction to minimize waste. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter technical drawings with missing specifications and errors. Report the missing specifications and errors to supervisors and complete other tasks until the missing information is acquired and errors are corrected. (1)
  • Experience product defects. Consult with supervisors to determine next steps, adjust equipment settings and complete product defect reports. (2)
  • Encounter delays due to equipment breakdowns and material shortages. Inform supervisors of the issue, assist with repairs if possible and perform other work until repairs are completed and the necessary materials arrive. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find information on cutting speeds and feed rates by speaking with suppliers and co-workers and by scanning reference and specification tables. (2)
  • Locate project specifications by referring to technical drawings and by speaking with customers and co-workers, such as supervisors. (2)
  • Learn about new products by reading brochures and information on websites and speaking with suppliers. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the performance of equipment, such as computer numerically controlled lathes. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of workplaces and work procedures. Consider hazards, such as slippery work surfaces. (2)
  • Evaluate the feasibility of proposed projects. Consider project specifications and the availability of parts and supplies and your ability to perform the work. (2)
  • Evaluate the quality of completed projects. Consider factors, such as the conformity of dimensions to project specifications. (3)
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