Job prospects Inspector, Machining And Tooling near Drummondville (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors near Drummondville (QC). These trends also apply to people working as an inspector, machining and tooling.

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Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job prospects

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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231) in the Centre-du-Québec region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

A Diploma of Vocational Studies in machining techniques or an Attestation of Vocational Specialization in computer numerically controlled machinery operation are usually required to enter this occupation. However, a number of positions are filled by holders of a college diploma in mechanical engineering techniques, especially if combined with industry experience. In addition, on-the-job training is usually offered. Employers usually look for self-reliant individuals with the ability to work in a team, good manual dexterity, detail and attention to detail, organizational skills, and good spatial perception. Bilingualism and experience as a machining tool operator are assets, as well as having skills for mathematics and reading plans, knowledge of measuring instruments, problem solving tools, tools for cutting and machining speeds, and ease of adaptation to the many technological changes.

The evolution of employment in this occupation depends mainly on the trends that influence the manufacturing industries in which it is concentrated. Although these industries are mainly based on domestic demand, exports of Québec products have been gaining importance since the economic recovery, making businesses more sensitive to the uncertainty of the global economic situation and the pressure of foreign competition. The withdrawal of US tariffs imposed on Québec exports of steel and aluminum products, however, should limit the loss of jobs in the manufacture of metal products. On the other hand, technological changes will continue to improve productivity at work and raise the level of skills associated with machining and tooling, which could hinder the growth of this trade in the medium term. Consequently, the main job openings will come from the replacement needs of those who retire. Prospects for this occupation in the region will be better than in the province as a whole due to the expected job stability over the medium term.

Here are some key facts about Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors in the Centre-du-Québec region:

  • Approximately 510 people work in this occupation.
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 33%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 18%
    • Transportation equipment manufacturing (NAICS 336): 10%
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 10%
    • Miscellaneous manufacturing (NAICS 339): 5%
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