Fort McMurray is in the province of Alberta. It is situated 435 kilometers northeast of Edmonton and 60 kilometers west of Saskatchewan border. It is the largest community in Wood Buffalo Region. The main economy of Fort McMurray consists of sand oil as well as natural mining. It is home to Alberta’s two largest sand oil corporations and supplies 25% of Canada’s energy. When it comes to jobs in demand, those of the construction and engineering industry have the highest level of demand. This is perhaps a reflection of the strong engineering and construction industry in the vicinity, with over a hundred construction firms engaged in providing construction services and trade of construction materials. There are, relatively, a number of construction and engineering jobs in the area and one of which is the machinist.
A general overview of machinist jobs
A machinist produces precision tools as well as metal parts in a massive number and through the use of power-operated machines. These tools and parts find their use in the assembly of different engines, machinery, and other products of similar nature. Most of the computers and equipment a machinist uses in his or her job are sophisticated and have a high level of digital/numerical control. Before a machinist can produce tools and parts, a review of the blueprints and specifications are needed. This includes where and how to cut or shape, the appropriate tools and materials to be used in the job, and the order of instructions to be followed.
During production, a machinist performs machine operations, ensures that the production is going well as desired, and ensures the product quality by checking whether the product conforms to the blueprint. The basic salary of machinist is at $10 to $15 on an hourly basis.