Apprenticeship – Machinist

Machinist Apprenticeship applies to Mechanic, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) and Machinists. Machinists work with a variety of materials such as steel, steel alloys, non-ferrous metals, and plastics. They install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment. This involves setting up and operating all machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling, and precision measuring tools, hand and power tools and related attachments, and CNC machining. They also select, use, and maintain cutting tools.

Scroll down or click on the year for an overview of the technical and skills training you will receive on-the-job as a Machinist Apprentice.

Safety trainings and Additional Resources are listed following Year 4. Remember that before becoming an Apprentice in this trade you will need to have completed your Mechanic, Machinist, Heavy Duty Mechanic or Millwright Foundations Certificate at an accredited learning institution.

Year 1 > Year 2 > Year 3 > Year 4 > Safety and Additional Trainings

Year 1 – Overview

  • Hand Tools
  • Trade Math
  • Blueprint Reading and Sketching
  • Measuring Devices
  • Layout
  • Cutting Tools
  • Machine Operations
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Fitting and Assembly
  • Abrasive Machining
  • Thread Theory

You will also learn about gas welding & brazing welding, routine maintenance on cutting and brazing equipment, adjust pressure regulators and Shaper operation.

Year 2 – Overview

  • Blueprint Reading and
  • Cutting Tools
  • Fitting Assembly
  • Layout
  • Machine Operations
  • Measuring Devices
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Trade Mathematics

You will also learn about basic operations of a shaper and demonstrate use of planer or slotter.

Year 3 – Overview

  • Abrasive Machining
  • Cutting Tools
  • Fitting and Assembly
  • Gear Trains, Bearings
  • Machine Operation
  • Measuring Devices
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Trade Math

This year will also involve further demonstration and use of planer or slotter and cylindrical grinders and the use of various types power drives.

Year 4 – Overview

  • Abrasive Machining
  • Blueprint Reading and Sketching
  • CNC Machines
  • Gear Cutting
  • Jigs and Fixtures
  • Machine Operations
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Trade Mathematics

This year will also involve further demonstration and use of arc welding equipment, comparators and optical flats, cylindrical grinders, applying balancing equipment, CNC operation and programming.

Safety and Additional Training Years 1 recertification as required

  • Bow Thrusters
  • Oxy-acetyline (or MAP)
  • Portable boring and facing equipment
  • Propellers
  • Rudders
  • Seals
  • Shaft Alignment
  • Shaft Training
  • Ship Building Terminology
  • Sonar
  • Special Machining Operations and Set-Ups
  • Valves
  • Confined Space Procedures
  • Fall Arrest
  • Fire Watch
  • Forklift
  • Hot Work Permit Spill response awareness and procedures
  • Lock out
  • Manlift
  • OFA #1
  • Overhead Crane Training – not all shipyards
  • Respirator Fit test
  • Safety Training
  • Torch Procedures
  • WHIMIS
  • Liquid Tracking
  • QA Forms, apprenticeship final year or special jogs (not all shipyards)
  • SMC Environment Policy
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (not all shipyards)
  • Tagging, colour coding, completing correctly
  • Safety and Additional Training Years 1 recertification as required
  • Bow Thrusters
  • Oxy-acetyline (or MAP)
  • Portable boring and facing equipment
  • Propellers
  • Rudders
  • Seals
  • Shaft Alignment
  • Shaft Training
  • Ship Building Terminology
  • Sonar
  • Special Machining Operations and Set-Ups
  • Valves
  • Confined Space Procedures
  • Fall Arrest
  • Fire Watch
  • Forklift
  • Hot Work Permit Spill response awareness and procedures
  • Lock out
  • Manlift
  • OFA #1
  • Overhead Crane Training – not all shipyards
  • Respirator Fit test
  • Safety Training
  • Torch Procedures
  • WHIMIS
  • Liquid Tracking
  • QA Forms, apprenticeship final year or special jogs (not all shipyards)
  • SMC Environment Policy
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (not all shipyards)
  • Tagging, colour coding, completing correctly