Machinists are the highly precise and tactile tradespeople who transform raw materials into precision parts that, when carefully combined with other components, power the machines that make nearly everything around us. 

As a Machinist, you’ll work on a machine shop or manufacturing plant floor with tools like drill presses, lathes, and grinders. You’ll learn how to interpret blueprints and perform precise machining operations.  

This role will require collaboration and math skills, as well as attention to detail as the components you create will be essential to the safe operation of a range of machines.

What You'll Learn

  • How to interpret blueprints and specifications 
  • How to program and operate a wide range of tools and equipment 
  • How to make parts or products 
  • How to inspect machine parts and tools for safety and quality  
  • How to adhere to safety standards 

Key Job Skills

  • Applied mathematics 
  • Hazardous materials handling  
  • Blueprint and drawing use  
  • Use of drilling machines, power saws, laths and milling machines 
  • Planning and fabricating 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 29 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
6330 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$21.00 — $44.00

Program Updates


Harmonization Progress

  • Level 1: Harmonized*, April 1 2020

  • Level 2: Harmonized*, April 1 2020

  • Level 3: Harmonized*, April 1 2021

  • Level 4: Harmonized*, September 1 2021

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2020

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact us.

Harmonized Program

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