Aviation Machinists set-up and operate a variety of machine tools to complete precision-machining operations. Numerically controlled computer tools are a must for this career. In fact, computers are used on a regular basis.
With acute eye and hand co-ordination, you'll have to know how to read and interpret blueprints and fully understand the properties of metal. You need this knowledge and expertise to expertly complete your work according to safety standards and project specifications. Because you have to make parts to exacting specifications, you will also have to become an expert inspector and verify dimensions of products using precision measuring instruments, calibrate instruments and test-completed products.
To become an Aviation Machinist you must have a high school diploma and have successfully completed a trade or vocational certificate. You can also gain trade certification through apprenticeship or a CAMC approved training facility. See the College and University section for more information.
Aviation Machinists can find fulfilling careers with aircraft maintenance companies, airlines, aircraft and component manufacturers and aerospace organizations. The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) can also certify you*.