Job prospects Inspector, Machining And Tooling in Ontario

Job opportunities for Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an inspector, machining and tooling.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

inspector, machining and tooling
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of these tradespersons work in the manufacturing industry in Ontario to produce or modify parts and components that are used across various industries.

Employment in this field should remain stable in the near term. Within fabricated metal production, machine shops employ the largest number of these skilled trade workers with a smaller number employed by fastener manufacturers. Most of the demand for goods produced by these fabricators comes from the local market. These goods are used heavily across the manufacturing industry as well as by other industries such as natural resources, utilities, and construction. Steady levels of construction activity particularly in non-residential and engineering building, steady manufacturing activity overall, and large investments in power generation will support demand for these fabricated goods. Improved traction in the provincial mining industry and a few large projects in the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada may provide a boost compared to recent years as well.

Machinery manufacturers directly employ a fair number of these workers as well. These producers may benefit from greater industrial activity overall and steady economic conditions in the United States, which will help support job prospects in this trade.

While several fabricators produce parts for the transportation industry, a sizeable number of these tradespersons work directly in the automotive and aerospace industries. Investments in the automotive industry and stable orders in the aerospace industry may further support work in this trade though the motor vehicle industry has seen a couple of large layoff announcements.

There are three voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in the province–motive power machinist (also known as automotive machinist), general machinist, and tool and gauge inspector. The number of new apprenticeship program registrations and the number of certificates granted has been rather steady in Ontario for the machinists' trade group over the past few years.

Individuals that are certified or that have several years of experience in this trade will have better job prospects. Candidates that have experience with computer numerical control (CNC) machinery as well as with manual machines, grinders, presses and mills will likely have better job opportunities. Because machinists work on parts and components for a range of industries, some employers may prefer candidates with hands-on experience in a specific area such as motor vehicle production or aerospace manufacturing. Those in aerospace manufacturing may need experience with certain composite materials as well. Some positions may require shift work and maintenance machinists might have to be on-call for emergency repairs and upgrades. Machinists with several years of experience and formal training may be able to move into inspector or supervisory roles over time.

Here are some key facts about Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 15,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 34%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 22%
    • Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 9%
    • Other transportation equipment manufacturing: 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 78% of machinists and machining and tooling inspectors work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of machinists and machining and tooling inspectors are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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