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The machining technician’s job complete presentation

In Canada, industrial machining is one of the most popular manufacturing services for industrial parts. It allows to produce parts with the required precision, size and finish to meet the market’s needs while removing excess metal from a part by abrasion.

The person in charge of this process is called a machining technician. HARtech, a specialist in industrial machining in Quebec, presents a brief overview of this profession.

What does a machining technician do?

Machining technicians are responsible for the various machining processes according to the customer’s requests.

They prepare, program and run machines and tools and check the final product, while ensuring that it complies with quality, safety and environmental protection requirements.

This involves determining the machining steps to be completed based on technical information, preparing machines and systems based on product specifications, and programming the CNC machine tools, robots, and other equipment available within the machining facility.

They may also check on the condition of machines using measuring instruments and conduct first-level maintenance on malfunctioning machines and other machining equipment. The machining technician may also be responsible for solving incidents that occur, identifying the causes and taking responsible action.

They also need to keep up with new technologies (e.g., understanding the impact of 3D technology and using it if required), as well as stay up-to-date with their work environment.

What are the job requirements for a machining technician?

  • Education: completed training as a machining technician, industrial mechanic, metalworker, or similar.
  • Theoretical knowledge: read and understand engineering drawings, CNC programs, and work instructions by ensuring that setup requirements are met.
  • Technical skills: good knowledge and previous experience if possible in using CNC machines like lathes, milling machines or grinders.

What are the skills of a good machining technician?

The machining technician must ideally:

  • Show interest and good knowledge of factory production equipment
  • Demonstrate strong skills in industrial mechanics and CNC machining
  • Be detail-oriented and have good manual skills
  • Be methodical, precise and able to concentrate
  • Be a good team player, well-organized and responsible

Who hires machining technicians?

Most companies that hire machining technicians are machining companies. They manufacture parts for businesses that need ready-made pieces.

These companies are very diverse and usually outsource machining services. They can be from the automobile sector, agricultural machinery vendors, medical equipment manufacturers, construction companies, etc.

There is little to no routine in the machining technician’s work since customers’ needs are so different from one another.

How much does a machining technician make in Canada?

According to different sources such as or, the average machine technician salary in Canada is around $36,000 to $40,000 per year or between $18 and $20 per hour.

Depending on the technician’s profile and experience, significant variations in salary are possible. A beginner may earn about $32,000 per year, while a more experienced technician may earn more than $45,000 per year.

HARTech specializes in industrial machining

Founded in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, HARtech has built a strong team of experts who are passionate about industrial machining. We have become recognized as one of the industry leaders in the province and continue this tradition by overcoming the challenges we face every day.

For questions about our services, machining, or any other information, please, contact us at (514) 422 – 8282.

If you are interested in becoming a machining technician, you can visit our Careers page to see if we are recruiting. You can also apply directly by calling us or filling out our contact form.