Job prospects Laser Beam Machine-welder Operator in Ontario

Job opportunities for Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a laser beam machine-welder operator.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Welders and related machine operators mainly work in the manufacturing industry for fabricated metal, transportation and machinery producers. A smaller number of welders and operators are also employed by companies that perform commercial and industrial equipment repair as well as by specialty trade contractors in the construction industry.

Employment in this occupation has been rather steady in Ontario over the past decade. A fair number of these tradespersons work in fabricated metal production at architectural and structural metals producers. Welders and operators fabricate and sculpt various metal parts and components to support activities across construction and the industrial base. Steady levels of construction activity in the province will continue to support demand for building materials such as structural and sheet metal, and fasteners. In particular, investments in non-residential and engineering construction such as transit lines, nuclear and hydroelectric power generation, water and sewer systems, and highways and bridges, will support the need for these metal goods. Further, steady business activity will likely help keep commercial construction moderate and there are a few large industrial projects in the works. While residential construction will ease in 2019, higher population growth continues to support housing developments such as condominiums in some of Ontario's largest urban centres. These projects will not only support work for these tradespersons to manufacture building materials, but it will create opportunities for those in construction to install and fit these items, and support the need for construction-related equipment.

Greater demand for railroad cars may increase work at railroad rolling stock producers and steady economic conditions in the United States may support work for machinery fabricators. Improved traction in the provincial mining industry may provide a boost compared to recent years as well. These factors may benefit welders in commercial and industrial equipment repair since there may be more service requests. Although automotive sales remain relatively high across North America, conditions may plateau in the near term. The industry has also seen a mixture of positive announcements and large layoffs that could moderate work at some motor vehicle parts manufacturers.

Among the new entrants to this profession are a growing number of graduates from the welding techniques college program. The number of registered apprentices in this occupational group softened a bit in Ontario in recent years.

There are two voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in the province–welder, and pressure systems welder. Individuals that are certified or that have several years of experience in this trade will likely have better job prospects. Candidates that have knowledge of various welding techniques such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), will likely have better job opportunities. Candidates may need to be familiar with various safety protocols as well such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Welders that work in the construction industry or that perform service requests may have to visit various locations so job seekers may need a valid driver's licence. Tradespersons that work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program. Welders with several years of experience and formal training may be able to move into supervisory roles over time.

Here are some key facts about Welders and related machine operators in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 27,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Welders and related machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 20%
    • Repair and maintenance (NAICS 811): 14%
    • Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 12%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 11%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 11%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 67% of welders and related machine operators work all year, while 33% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 5% of welders and related machine operators are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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