Machining tool operators (NOC 9417)

About this job

People in this career set up and run metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They also etch or chemically mill metal pieces.

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Machining tool operators work in metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops and perform a variety of tasks.

Common job titles
  • aircraft parts machine tool
  • automated machine tool
  • automatic screw machine
  • bench set-up
  • bolt-threading / broaching
  • boring machine - boring mill


Machining tool operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • study job orders and read blueprints to determine machining work to be done
  • set up and run machine tools to perform repetitive machining tasks, such as turning, milling, drilling, boring, planing, honing, broaching, grinding or other tasks
  • check the size of parts machined using micrometers, callipers and other precision measuring tools
  • prepare etching chemicals to remove unwanted portions of metal objects
  • perform maintenance on equipment and machinery
  • may enter codes specifying speed, feed and cut of the toolpath for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Machining tool operators usually work in a conventional controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.
  • This work produces enough noise to cause loss of hearing.
  • Work is done with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury
  • Work may involve chemicals that are harmful to skin or eyes, dangerous if inhaled or may cause a fire or explosion.
  • Work may cause harmful vibrations in the body.
  • Workers are exposed to small pieces of flying material and falling objects that could cause injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Experienced machining tool operators may become machinists or tool and die makers through apprenticeship training.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.