What Does a Machine-Tool Builder & Integrator Do?

Machine-Tool Builders and Integrators (430M) build, assemble and integrate parts, components, and systems on both stand-alone and machine-tools on multi-station automated machine tool systems. These automated machine-tool systems are used in all sectors of manufacturing such as assembly, processing, and fabricating systems. 

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • using hand & precision tools safely 
  • reading and interpreting complex engineering drawings, schematics, diagrams 
  • planning and preparing machining jobs based on engineering drawings, specifications and other reference material
  • using lathes, mills, saws, drills, grinders and welding equipment to build and prepare tooling for the machine-tool
  • performing NC/CNC machining by identifying, selecting and setting up NC/CNC cutting tools and tooling
  • learning about pneumatics and hydraulics, power transmission systems as well as electrical components in order to assemble, integrate and test their functionality on a machine tool
  • liaising and communicating with co-workers or other personnel on work process or related issues
  • keeping pace with production requirements
  • observing company safety and sanitary rules
  • completing work documentation concisely and accurately

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To apprentice, you must be at least 16 years of age or older in the province of Ontario and have completed Grade 12 or equivalent This is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. . Senior credits in  English, Advanced Math or Science (Physics) would be helpful, and enrollment in cooperative education or OYAP in this field would be an asset. Completion of this type of apprenticeship will take 7,280 hours of on the job experience plus three 8 week of in-school theory training.

What’s Your Future as a Machine-Tool Builder & Integrator?

Work in this field is related to tool and die but involves complex and intricate sub-assemblies essential to manufacturing systems. Keeping up with advances in technology is essential in this field. Most Machine Tool Builders and Integrators work full-time, indoors in an air-conditioned  manufacturing environment. Flex-time is increasingly popular. 

Companies that hire people with these skills include:

  • Machine Tool & Die Shops
  • Industrial Machinery manufacturers
  • Transportation equipment manufacturers
  • Plastics fabricators
  • Motor and Transformer assembly companies

Wage Rate

The wage rate in this field varies based on the size of the manufacturing company, its manufacturing processes and requirements; wages range: from a low of  $13.00 per hour to a high of $22.00/ hour often with overtime and benefits. 


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Machine-Tool Builder & Integrator for You?

Do you enjoy working with tools and around machinery?

Yes     No

Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills?

Yes     No

Can you plan and organize tasks and manage your time effectively to meet production deadlines? 

Yes     No

Are you able to bend, stretch, kneel, stand, carry and lift up to 30 lbs in weight?

Yes     No

Are you interested in gaining knowledge of  machining, electronic components, hydraulic and pneumatics, and other types of manufacturing technology?

Yes     No

Can you work effectively in a team environment with co-workers and supervisors?

Yes     No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Machine-Tool Builder & Integrator may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
  • Machinist
  • Electronic Technician
  • Instrumentation Mechanic


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