Metalworking and forging machine operators

Metalworking and forging machine operators

NOC
9416

Operate metalworking machines to shape and form light to heavy metal into parts and products, or forge metals into various shapes and sizes while imparting strength, hardness and other attributes.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

10
 

Median Hourly Wage

$21.00
$14.24
Low
$42.00
High

Median Salary

$34,697
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

78
 

% Working Full Time

89%
 

% Working Full Year

78%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Light metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form sheet or other light metal into parts or products. Heavy metalworking machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form steel or other heavy metal into parts or products. Forging machine operators operate forging machines to form and shape metal into various shapes and sizes and impart desired strength, hardness or other characteristics.

Main Duties

Metalworking machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read specifications or follow verbal instructions
  • Lay out, set up and operate one or more light or heavy metalworking machines such as shears, power presses, saws, plate rolls, drills, brakes, slitters, punch presses, computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, and other hand tools to cut, bend, roll, ream, punch and drill, weld or otherwise shape and form metal stock into parts or products
  • Operate machines or equipment which weld, solder, bolt, screw or rivet metal parts together
  • Check products for correct shapes, dimensions and other specifications
  • Troubleshoot and perform corrective action or minor repairs
  • May select and transport material to work area manually or using crane or hoist
  • May document work completed
  • May build staging or erect scaffolding as required for heavy metalworking jobs
  • May clean or lubricate equipment and replace parts as required.

Forging machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate gas or oil fired furnaces to heat metal to proper temperature prior to forging
  • Place metal pieces in furnace using hand tongs or overhead cranes and remove from furnace when colour of metal indicates proper forging temperature, or load and unload furnace with automatic conveyor
  • Position heated or cold metal pieces, on die of press or other forging machinery
  • Operate presses or other forging machines to perform hot or cold forging by flattening, straightening, twisting, forming, drawing, upsetting, splitting, cutting, punching, piercing, bending, coining, or other operations to shape or form metal
  • Position and adjust dies on anvil of forging machinery using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices and hand tools.

Also Known As

  • bending press operator - metal fabrication
  • cold press operator - metal forging
  • disk flange operator - metal fabrication
  • drop hammer operator - metal forging
  • electric arc cutter - metal products manufacturing
  • forging press operator
  • metal-forming machine set-up operator
  • metalworking machine operator
  • power brake operator - metal fabrication
  • power press operator - metal fabrication
  • punch press setter - metalworking
  • roll operator - metal fabrication
  • saw operator - metal fabrication
  • shear setter - metal fabrication
  • sheet metal roll operator - metal fabrication
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school education may be required.
  • Previous experience as a labourer or helper in the same company may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

7.0%
Female
93.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

10.0%
15-24
15.0%
25-34
10.0%
35-44
35.0%
45-54
20.0%
55-64
10.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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27.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
38.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
22.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
11.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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100.0%
Manufacturing
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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11.10%
Northeast
44.40%
Southeast
11.10%
Southwest
11.10%
Central
22.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$36,222
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$34,697

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$37,796

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$34,697

Newfoundland

$44,199

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$37,250

Canada

$42,509
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

10
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

12
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

36
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

36