7201 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations | Canada NOC |

7201 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations

Contractors and supervisors in machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (7231), Tool and die makers (7232), Sheet metal workers (7233), Boilermakers (7234), Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters (7235), Ironworkers (7236), Welders and related machine operators (7237) and Machining tool operators (9417). They are employed by structural, platework and related metal products fabrication, manufacturing and erecting companies and machine shops. Contractors may be self-employed.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Automotive machine shop foreman/woman
  • Blacksmith foreman/woman
  • Blacksmith shop foreman/woman
  • Boilermaker foreman/woman
  • Boilermaker supervisor
  • Boilermaker, plater and structural metal worker foreman/woman
  • Boilermaking shop foreman/woman
  • Construction ironwork contractor
  • Coppersmith foreman/woman
  • Electric welding pipe mill headwelder
  • Ironwork contractor
  • Ironwork supervisor
  • Ironworkers foreman/woman
  • Machine shop foreman/woman
  • Machine shop inspectors foreman/woman
  • Machine shop supervisor
  • Machine tool grinding foreman/woman
  • Machine tool operators foreman/woman
  • Machining and tooling inspectors foreman/woman
  • Machining foreman/woman
  • Machining inspectors foreman/woman
  • Machining supervisor
  • Machining tool foreman/woman
  • Machining tool operators foreman/woman
  • Machinists and machine tool set-up operators foreman/woman
  • Machinists foreman/woman
  • Machinists supervisor
  • Maintenance machine shop foreman/woman
  • Metal fabricator foreman/woman
  • Metal fitters foreman/woman
  • Metal mould and metal patternmakers foreman/woman
  • Metal mould and metal patternmakers supervisor
  • Metal shapers foreman/woman
  • Metal shipwright foreman/woman
  • Metal-machining inspection foreman/woman
  • Metalwork forming, shaping and installing contractor
  • Mould shop foreman/woman – machining
  • Pattern shop foreman/woman – metal machining
  • Plate shop foreman/woman
  • Platework fabricator supervisor
  • Platework fabricators foreman/woman
  • Precision instrument machine shop foreman/woman
  • Production machine shop foreman/woman
  • Production supervisor – machine shop
  • Quality control foreman/woman – metal machining
  • Sheet metal contractor
  • Sheet metal roofer supervisor
  • Sheet metal roofing contractor
  • Sheet metal workers foreman/woman
  • Sheet metal workers supervisor
  • Ship riggers foreman/woman
  • Shipfitters foreman/woman
  • Shipyard machine shop foreman/woman
  • Steel fitter foreman/woman – metal fabrication
  • Steel frame erectors foreman/woman
  • Steel rigger foreman/woman
  • Steel structure erectors foreman/woman
  • Steel structure forming, shaping and erecting contractor
  • Steel truss erectors foreman/woman
  • Structural metal erector foreman/woman
  • Structural metal fabricator foreman/woman
  • Structural metal fitter supervisor
  • Structural steel contractor
  • Structural steel erecting contractor
  • Structural steel worker foreman/woman
  • Tool and die inspectors foreman/woman
  • Tool and die inspectors supervisor
  • Tool and die makers foreman/woman
  • Tool and die makers supervisor
  • Tool and die making supervisor
  • Tooling foreman/woman
  • Tooling inspectors foreman/woman
  • Tooling inspectors supervisor
  • Tooling supervisor
  • Toolroom foreman/woman
  • Welder foreman/woman
  • Welder supervisor
  • Welding contractor
  • Welding supervisor
  • Zinc roofers foreman/woman

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who shape, form and join metal parts or products to specified dimensions, machine metal into parts, products, tools and dies or moulds with precise measurements and erect light and heavy metal products and structures
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
  • Train or arrange for training of workers
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • Set up machines and equipment and write programs for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools
  • May manage the operations of their own companies
  • May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, machine operators, helpers and labourers.

Small businesses’ contractors may execute tasks within their trade area of expertise, which is generally not the case for supervisors or contractors associated with a medium or large business.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified machinist or tool and die maker are required.
  • Journeyman/woman trade certification in machining, tool and die making or in another related metalworking trade is required.


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