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Metal Machinist

Mechanical engineering tradespersons carry out a range of mechanical work on machines, subassemblies and manufactured parts using a range of processes, tools and machines.

Duties & Tasks
Mechanical engineering tradespeople may perform the following tasks:
  • examine detailed drawings or specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • set up and adjust metalworking machines and equipment
  • operate machines to produce parts or tools by turning, boring, milling, planing, shaping, slotting, grinding or drilling metal stock or components
  • fit and assemble metal parts, tools or subassemblies, including welding or brazing parts
  • cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
  • dismantle faulty tools and assemblies and repair or replace defective parts
  • set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • check accuracy and quality of finished parts, tools or subassemblies.
  • Working conditions
    Mechanical engineering tradespeople usually work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty. They may spend most of their day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb.par They must be aware of safety regulations and wear protective equipment (earmuffs, for example) to maintain personal safety in the workplace.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy technical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • practical ability
  • attention to detail
  • normal hearing.
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