CNC Machinist [Level 1] Learning Program: Job Seeker Info
Did You Know Canada Needs CNC Machinists?
Manufacturing is a cornerstone of Canada's economy. It represents about $168 billion of Canada's GDP, and manufacturers export more than $293 billion each year. That adds up to lot's of jobs - actually 1.7 million quality full-time, well-paying jobs—all across the country.
BUT - there is a shortage of highly skilled and knowledgable CNC machinists across the country. And that's where we come in. We are the OMLC - and we've brought together manufacturing companies to solve this challenge. We've launched the CNC Machinist Learning Program - a program that helps job seekers learn in-demand skills, get paid on-the-job training, which leads to great stable jobs at Canadian advanced manufacturing companies.
Is This The Opportunity You've Been Looking For?
- Do you like creating, making, and building things?
- Do you like working with your hands?
- Do your friends call you when they need help in fixing mechanical things?
- Are good with details and precision?
- Do you like tinkering with mechanical things?
- Do you like using your brain for critical thinking in math and physics?
- Do you enjoy working mostly independently?
- Do you want to have responsibility and be accountable for the things you produce at work?
- Would you like to have a job where you can be busy all the time?
- Would you prefer to be on your feet - moving around, rather than sitting at a desk all day?
What Exactly Is CNC? And What Does A CNC Machinist Do?
What Is CNC Machining? - CNC means Computer Numerical Control. This means a computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and they control the movement of a CNC machine's cutter. In this way, the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material into parts. Call it 3D manufacturing.
What Does A CNC Machinist Do? - Machining is a big part of manufacturing processes. A CNC machinist is specially trained to program, operate, and maintain CNC Machines. He or she uses expert knowledge to set up machines that are capable of cutting, bending, forming, and polishing raw metal into finished parts and tools. Metal parts used to be cut and molded by hand. Today, a CNC machinist reads and interprets blueprints, programs and inputs data into a computer system, monitors production, makes careful adjustments, and inspects the accuracy of a machine's operation and resulting parts.
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Want To Guess What These Parts, Machines, and Tools Are?
These are some of the parts, machines, & tools that are part of the CNC machining process & output. Answers are found by hovering over the photos.
CNC Machinist Learning Program
THE CNC Machinist Learning Program is a great opportunity to learn in-demand skills and get a great stable job. The program works like this:
1. Read The CNC Machinist Program Overview And Job Description
We have a three documents that will provide you with all the detail you need.
- the CNC Learning Program Overview,
- the CNC Machinist Job Overview, and
- the CNC Machinist Learning Outcomes
It's a good idea to download these PDF's and read them carefully to make sure you understand the program and understand what the job entails day to day. If you think you have the personality, skills, ambition required - and you're still interested, then move on to Step 2.
2. Apply To The CNC Machinist Learning Program
To apply to OMLC and complete the OMLC Online Assessment, please click “Apply to OMLC”.
The OMLC Online Assessment will help you to understand your current aptitude, attitude, and skills. For some people, their natural abilities and talents fit perfectly with the CNC Machinist job. Hopefully that's you!
You will be able to choose which available OMLC Programs interest you and your most preferred work locations.
When OMLC has reviewed your completed Online Assessment indicating which job(s) fit you best, Manpower or one of our other Employment Service Partners will contact you if you have been selected to proceed to the OMCL Interview process
3. Go Through the OMLC Interview Process
Manpower or one of our other Employment Service Partners will contact you by phone to arrange for an in-person interview to confirm your eligibility for this program and to understand more about your aptitude, attitude, and personal characteristics.
This is an important interview.
They will also speak to you about your availability to travel outside your preferred location for opportunities.
If you pass the OMLC Online Assessment and this OMLC Interview, you are now a Candidate for hiring by an Ontario advanced manufacturing company who is participating in this OMLC Selection and Learning program.
4. Get Hired By A Canadian Manufacturing Company
Participating companies who are interested in hiring you will invite you for an interview and a tour of the company.
This is a very important interview, so you should prepare yourself well and make every effort to present yourself positively.
If they extend an offer of employment and if you choose to accept – you will now become an employee of the hiring company and a Trainee in the OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] Learning Program. That means you will receive a pay cheque as you proceed through the next steps.
5. Attend CNC Machinist Learning Program Orientation And Classroom Training
These are the areas of CNC Machining that you will be trained on:
- Manufacturing Terminology
- Types of CNC Machines
- CNC Machine Operations
- Machine Maintenance Practices
- Blueprint Reading
- Applied Math
- Cutting Fluids
- Workplace Safety
6. Get CNC Machinist On-The Job Training
This part of the program is about 23 weeks. There are very clear industry developed technical learning outcomes defined for the entire training period.
During the training, you will not be on your own to learn the job. There will be a trainer helping you – providing instruction, assistance and direction. Your trainer will review the technical learning outcomes with you and be responsible for making sure you are progressing towards completing them by the end of the on-site training period.
Further details on this important phase are in the CNC Machinist Job Overview pdf (from Step 1)
7. Get Certified
At the end of the program, you have the opportunity to be certified as a CNC Machinist (Level 1). Certification is a public statement that you have passed and are highly qualified to perform specified duties – in this case, those of a CNC Machinist (Level 1). The certification process consists of the following components:
- Your successful passing of tests administered during the orientation and classroom training
- Demonstrating to our assessor that you can operate and produce parts/items as per work orders
- Demonstrating your knowledge of general manufacturing technical practices and procedures and knowledge of CNC specific technical work practices by completing an on-line examination.
The certification will be issued by the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium and over time will be accepted by employers as evidence of your capability and expertise.