General Machinist (Machinist)
Introduction
General machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions. They are employed by machinery, equipment, motor vehicle, automotive parts, aircraft and other metal products manufacturing companies and by machine shops.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read information on labels and drawings, e.g. read safety precautions on labels affixed to milling, boring and grinding equipment to learn about shock and crush hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets to understand the chemical composition of solvents and their possible hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Machining-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read short notes on technical drawings, e.g. read notes on blueprints to learn about changes to specifications. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions on work orders to learn the steps required to machine parts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read memos and bulletins, e.g. read memos about staffing changes and bulletins that provide details of new contracts, equipment or technologies. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals to learn how to carry out work, e.g. read manuals to learn how to program and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read a variety of trade magazines, e.g. read articles in magazines such as Canadian Manufacturing to learn about new equipment, technologies, industry trends and changes in manufacturing processes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends, symbols, colour codes and markings found on technical diagrams and metals. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine material requirements and information such as speeds, feed rates, metal classifications, identification numbers and material coefficients. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data in a variety of technical drawings, e.g. study complex assembly and sectional view diagrams to locate critical dimensions, angles, bore locations and machining tolerances. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to view complex three-dimensional representations of parts and machining processes on display panels of CNC machinery to determine project specifications and processes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to input data to CNC equipment such as lathes and cutting machines to set operating parameters such as quantities, times, speeds and depths. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use programmable logic controllers to monitor operating levels such as temperatures, pressures, flow rates and volumes in machinery and systems. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Computer Assisted Design
Ability to use advanced features of manufacturing and machining software to create three-dimensional models and run test programs to ensure programs will meet work specifications. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read read short notes in logbooks and forms, e.g. read shift notes and log book entries about the status of various jobs, special machining instructions and changes to customer orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read Acts and regulations, e.g. read occupation health and safety Acts and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations to learn the safety procedures to follow. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate data on tags, e.g. view tags attached to parts to identify customer information and job numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in forms, e.g. locate data such as times, costs, quantities and completion dates in work orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in schedules, e.g. study schedules to learn about work assignments and which equipment they are to operate. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write comments in forms, e.g. write comments in defect and non-conformity report forms to describe defects and corrective actions taken. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short comments in log books and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures and vibrations. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)