The Welder Fabricator/Machinist Technician is responsible for welding, fabrication, and at times, machining and assembly of research and test equipment which is used in various labs throughout the Engineering Faculty. This is accomplished by using various types of welding and sheet metal equipment to fabricate and assemble research and test apparatus to design specifications. The use of conventional and CNC machine tools may be included in the complement of machinery used. Some projects will include an aspect of planning and design, which will involve consultation and collaboration with the requestor of the project.


Use various types of welding and sheet metal equipment to cut, fit, weld, fabricate, and assemble research and test apparatus to design specifications. Waterjet cutting and milling/lathe use may be required as well

Place orders, as necessary for materials to complete various customer projects

Program, set-up, and operate machinery to produce parts and components as required according to specifications provided

Assemble and test various apparatus, equipment, and mechanisms, when necessary, as per assignment

Estimate jobs within the welding, fabricating, sheet metal, waterjet, and painting capacities

Paint components when required using paint booth


Assist with the design aspects of jobs assigned if and/or when required to assure safety, functionality, cost, and timeline targets will be met with the final product


Establish a process plan to include any necessary fixtures, jigs, special tooling, clamping methods, and/or filler rods as required. Consideration of necessary PPE and/or additional safety apparatus required to complete the jobs safely is imperative


Internally, the incumbent will discuss job requirements, potential problems and possible solutions with students, faculty, and staff members (customers) as necessary to clearly define desired final product expectations for functionality and finish

Make recommendations for continuous improvement in efficiencies in the machine shop through enhanced methods and or specialized shop equipment/tooling purchases

Report all safety and personnel conflict related issues to the EMS manager

Maintenance and Repair

Inspect, repair, and maintain EMS shop equipment in accordance with required operational and safety standards as required

Documentation of all maintenance and inspection items is necessary

Maintain welding supply inventory and order consumables as required

Maintain gas cylinder inventory

Other duties as assigned

High School Diploma and Certificate of Qualification (Ontario preferred) in one or more of the following trades: Welding, Certificate of Qualification, and apprenticeship. Proficient in GMAW, GTAW, and experience with SMAW and FCAW

CAD training with the ability to work from and modify CAD drawings and/or sketches

General Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Mould Maker certification an asset

5+ years of experience in welding and fabrication

Fabrication with sheet metal as well as structural steel

Stainless steel and aluminum welding

Demonstrated proficiency in the use of CAD/CAM and solid modelling software for design, tool-pathing, and customer file evaluation and validation

Experience working with a wide variety of metals and materials

Prototype experience a definite asset

Experience with Stainless steel and aluminum welding

Knowledge of shop equipment such as brakes, shears, iron worker

Welding and fabrication proficiency

Experience with estimating as well as material selection proficiency

Working knowledge of CAD/CAM systems

Ability to set-up, program and operate CNC machines

High attention to detail with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Good problem-solving skills and ability to offer creative solutions

Comfortable using Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Superior time management, organizational and planning skills

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