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about machine operator jobs

Machine operators are skilled manufacturing professionals with a diverse skill set. While your title is machine operator, you may be referred to as a machinist or die maker, because you work with heavy machinery doing everything from setup to operation and maintenance. You may work on different machines, or you might specialize in one piece of equipment.

The equipment you work with might be computerized or it may be mechanical. You’re responsible for making sure your equipment is set up properly, running efficiently and meeting production standards. You produce quality products in a timely, budget-conscious way. You need to be well versed as a builder, fabricator, and mechanic.

what machine operator jobs entail

Machine operators work in a manufacturing or warehouse setting. The work is physically intensive and can be unpredictable. Your shifts are often determined by machine performance and issues. In most cases, workers are on a revolving shift schedule that rotates between day, evening, and night shifts. Weekend work and overtime are also common. Machine operators tend to report to a shift foreman, operations manager, or production manager.

average machine operator salaries

Machine operator salaries start at just under $16 per hour, or $32,000 annually, and can reach $25 per hour, or $50,000 per year. The average hourly rate is approximately $22 per hour. How much you will make will depend on your experience level and responsibilities.

You have the opportunity to increase your salary. Similar to other manufacturing careers, you can increase your rate and overall salary by working overtime. Overtime availability will vary based on company needs, and may fluctuate throughout the year.

your day to day tasks

You’re generally employed in the manufacturing industry. Each part of the manufacturing process involves machinery that is operated, monitored and maintained by a machine operator. The kind of equipment you operate will depend on the company you work for. Your tasks may include:

  • preparing and testing machinery
  • inputting technical data
  • manually loading parts, if the line isn’t fully automated
  • monitoring machinery while it’s running
  • ensuring products meet specifications
  • cleaning and recalibrating machinery
  • filling out production reports
  • maintaining an activity log
  • troubleshooting issues as they arise

where you can work

Machine operators work in manufacturing and production. You can work for companies of all sizes. Whether it’s a small business with a small product line or a large manufacturer of consumer goods, your skills are required to ensure all machinery is maintained and working efficiently. Opportunities for machine operators exist across Canada, but particularly in larger manufacturing areas such as Alberta and southwestern Ontario.

what you bring to the table

Having a strong understanding of how machinery operates, common issues that arise, and a strong work ethic are important. To excel as a successful machine iperator, you need:

  • manual dexterity
  • an ability to learn quickly
  • good eyesight and physical health
  • strong math and analytical skills
  • ability to think outside the box
  • computer skills and an understanding of automation and manufacturing

training and certifications

A high school diploma is required by most companies, along with basic mathematics and good communication skills. Employers generally provide on-the-job training, so the ability to pay attention and learn quickly will help you ramp up with confidence. You can give your career a jump start by taking a college diploma program, apprenticeship program, and acquiring certification.

where your career is headed

Your employment opportunities are tied to the performance of the industry that employs you. Technical advances mean your employability is directly tied to your ability to stay ahead of technology. The more you broaden your skills, the greater your chances for employment stability and growth in an ever-changing manufacturing industry.

As you gain experience in the field, you can move into supervisory roles such as production supervisor or manager. Many machine operators also opt to learn a skilled trade and specialize.

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