NOC: Machining Professions

The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is a list of professional job descriptions designed to connect professionals with suitable employers in an efficient manner. Today we will discuss the 951 group, called Machining, Metalworking, Woodworking and Related Machine Operators.

9511 — Machining Tool Operators woodworker

Machinists are people who use machines to cut and shape metal pieces repetitively. They can also work with etching of metals. They can make parts for aircrafts or other industrial purposes.

Machining Tool Operators are expected to be able to read blueprints and come up with the operation needed to make the piece requested in the job order. They will also have to carry out their duties to their completion.

Qualifications to obtain this position normally include training and experience in the field, but not necessarily much formal education.

9512 — Forging Machine Operators

Forging mills shape and mold metals with desired characteristics for industrial or even commercial uses. Forge Operators may be required to use the following machines:

  • Bending machine
  • Cold presses
  • Forging presses
  • Hot presses
  • Trip hammers

Forge operators are expected to be able to operate the forge and the machines to which they are assigned. Qualifications are typically limited to completion of high school and workers are typically trained on-site, on the job.

9513 — Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworkers, rather obviously, work with wood. Their role is to create furniture or fixtures or other products out of wood. They are typically expected to be able to operate:

  • Band saws
  • Boring machines
  • Drills
  • Sanders of multiple varieties
  • Glue machines
  • Lathes
  • Planers
  • Shapers

Woodworkers typically learn their trade from working as laborers at their company and do not necessarily need to have graduated from high school. One advantage to this occupation (like the rest on this list) is that there is a great deal of mobility from to experience in this field.

9514 — Metalworking Machine Operators

Light metalworkers use machines to form sheet metal into various objects for industrial or commercial use. They may also operate a variety of other machines. Metalworkers will be expected to follow instructions and create specified parts with modest supervision. Metalworkers are typically trained on the job and achieve their position by working in a labor position before hand and working up to operating machines.

9516 — Other Metal Products Machine Operators

If your profession isn’t otherwise listed above you may be classified in this category.  These workers operate:

  • Bolt machines
  • Bullet makers
  • Can machines
  • Chain machines
  • Metal cable makers
  • Nail makers
  • Spring makers
  • Or wire weavers.

The qualifications to operate the above machines are very similar to the other professions in this group.