Motive Power Machinist

Motive Power MachinistApprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Trade Code 410K
NOC 7231


  • Disassemble engines; clean, inspect, recondition and adjust crankshafts, camshafts, connecting rods, pistons, oil pumps, valve trains, drive shafts, cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, manifolds and flywheels
  • Set up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools to perform precision machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, planing, drilling, precision grinding and other operations
  • Verify dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments
  • Fit and assemble parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
  • Reassemble and balance internal combustion engines
  • Recondition suspension and drive trains
  • Recondition brake components

Personal Qualities

  • You will have to work indoors with noise, grease, dirt, dust and other hazards that are common on the job
  • You work quietly and independently
  • You enjoy working with tools and equipment
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to learn new things
  • You are interested in computers and may operate computer controlled equipment
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional skills required

Career Opportunities

  • Motive power machinists are employed in shops that specialize in rebuilding engines and driveline components

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,340 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Information not available at this time, contact Employment Ontario at 905 837-7721 or 1-800-461-4608

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices start according to individual company rates and progress according to the company’s wage scale over time
  • Wages1 range from $13.00 to $30.05 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • The majority of Motive Power Machinists are employed in the manufacturing industries and opportunities will be limited

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction