CNC Operator Program: Companies Info

Do You Need CNC Operators?

Ontario’s advanced manufacturing industry is growing. We're adding full-time, well-paid jobs month over month, and exports continue to increase for innovative, competitive Made in Canada goods. But many Ontario advanced manufacturing companies are finding it hard to find and hire skilled people to meet their growing production schedules.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the talent shortage of capable CNC Operators. That's where we come in. We are the OMLC, and we've created an industry-led consortium to tackle this challenge head on.

We are inviting advanced manufacturing companies like yours to participate in the CNC Operator Selection and Learning Program - an industry-led program designed to find talented and hardworking job seekers and connect them with advanced manufacturing companies that are in need of CNC Operators. Or you can nominate your own employees to join the program and upgrade their skills and knowledge.

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Is This Your Organization?

  • Do you need capable CNC Operators to meet production demand and get your orders to your customers 100% on time and 100% to spec?
  • Do you have CNC equipment that is running below capacity because you can't hire the capable CNC Operators you need?
  • Are you finding the recruiting process too time-consuming and painful?
  • Is your HR team open to trying something new that will introduce you to great candidates you would not normally see?
  • Do you have experienced CNC machinists or operators who could be great trainers for your trainees – if they had the right support and a solid training program to guide them?
  • Would you like to hire people that have the right personal competencies, attitudes, aptitudes, and initiative?
  • Would you like to have an industry-developed learning program to help you train CNC Operators?
  • Would you like to have government funding to help offset the costs on on-the-job learning?
  • Do you experience high drop-out rates when you try to hire and train on your own?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, then participating in the OMLC CNC Operator Selection and Learning Program is right for your company!

The CNC Operator Selection & Learning Program  - Good For Business!

The CNC Operator Learning Selection and Learning Program has been designed to help companies like yours:

  • hire with confidence - getting the right candidates into needed CNC Operator trainee roles
  • cut training / onboarding time by 50% by leveraging industry-developed OMLC learning program
  • cut training costs by 50% by using the proven OMLC learning management process
  • access an $3,000 financial incentive per Certified trainee that contributes towards your costs for training your trainees/employees e.g., trainer’s time instructing and coaching the trainee, conducting progress reviews, lower throughput while trainees are coming up to speed, etc.

The Results Speak For Themselves


This program requires commitment from all sides to try something new - but the results to date have been exceptional.  Participating companies are extremely happy with the results they are seeing in their new hires.

In our first round of the OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] Selection and Learning Program in Fall 2014:

  • over 1,000 young people applied to join the program
  • over 300 eligible applicants were screened (interviewed and tested)
  • 78 candidates were hired as Trainees by participating companies in the OMLC program
  • over 80% of completing trainees achieved their Certification as a CNC Machinist [Level 1], and
  • over 95% of Certified CNC Machinists [Level 1] are continuing their employment with their participating company

Also, check out some of the stories in our Blog and News sections.


Here's How The Program Works

1. OMLC Recruits & Attracts Job Seekers To Apply For The Program

1. OMLC Recruits & Attracts Job Seekers To Apply For The Program

Working within our OMLC industry association partners, through print, digital, and social media, this website, and our partner social services agencies – we encourage job seekers who fit the right profile – the right personal characteristics, aptitudes and attitudes for a CNC Operator – to apply.

We provide detailed information on the program, the job, the equipment, and the process - so they have a good overview of the CNC Operator role. Interested job seekers apply to the program at

2. OMLC Partner - Manpower - Screens and Interviews The Applicants

2. OMLC Partner - Manpower - Screens and Interviews The Applicants

Through our partnership with Manpower, they interview and screen candidates. They put the candidates through a rigorous screening and interviewing process:

  • First, applicants are initially screened by completing a self-scoring instrument that asks them to respond to very direct questions about things they like to do and activities they are good at doing. All of these questions are directly related to competencies associated with success on the job.
  • Second, applicants that pass the first screening are invited to an initial interview that consists only of questions that focus directly on the competencies required to be successful in the job.
  • Third, if the applicant passes the initial interview, s/he moves on to a structured interview.
  • Fourth, the applicant then completes two objective, focused competency assessment tests.

On the basis of the objective data from the screening, the interviews, the tests, and the judgment of the interviewer and the OMLC – the decision is made about which applicants to select as candidates to proceed to the interviews with participating companies.

3. Your Company Interviews The Candidates

3. Your Company Interviews The Candidates

Your company interviews the candidates with the aid of the OMLC Interview Guidelines - and shows them around your facilities.

You will be sent the OMLC Interview Guidelines in advance so you can be prepared for a great interview / discussion with your candidates, to confirm our assessment of the candidate's aptitudes and attitudes.

4. Your Company Hires One or More Candidates

4. Your Company Hires One or More Candidates

Hopefully, you will be interested in hiring one or more screened and selected candidate(s) as (a) CNC Operator Trainee. Upon hiring the candidate(s), your company will begin to pay their salary from his/her first day of training and for the duration of the program.

At the end of the program, it is our hope that you will wish to continue to employ the successfully certified CNC Operators full time in your company.

5. OMLC's Educational Partner Will Provide 3 Weeks Of Classroom Training

5. OMLC's Educational Partner Will Provide 3 Weeks Of Classroom Training

We'll focus on the following areas to get trainees to be able to participate actively and safely in productive work from their first day in your production facilities - immediately after they complete their classroom learning.
  • Manufacturing Terminology
  • Types of CNC Machine
  • CNC Machine Operations
  • Machine Maintenance Practices
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Applied Math
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Measurement
  • Cutting Fluids
  • Workplace Safety

6. Your Company Will Provide Approximately 10 Weeks Of On The Job Learning

6. Your Company Will Provide Approximately 10 Weeks Of On The Job Learning

Using the clearly defined OMLC CNC Operator Technical Learning Outcomes, your company will provide a Trainer to work with the Trainee. The Trainer will review the OMLC CNC Operator Technical Learning Outcomes with the Trainee, and be responsible for making sure your Trainee(s) is(are) progressing towards satisfactory mastery of them by the end of the on-the-job training period. OMLC will support your Trainee and their Trainer by providing:

  • Our OMLC Monitor / Coach who will visit your facilities regularly to meet with the Trainer and the Trainee to help them make good progress towards the Trainee’s mastery of all Technical Learning Outcomes.
  • A ‘Learning Contract’ system – online – that will enable your Trainer and Trainee to set learning objectives regularly and track progress by the Trainee in achieving mastery of the Technical Learning Outcomes.

7. OMLC Will Assess & Certify Successful Trainees - Now Capable & Productive Employees

7. OMLC Will Assess & Certify Successful Trainees - Now Capable & Productive Employees

At the end of the learning program, the OMLC will assess the trainee's mastery of the OMLC Technical Learning Outcomes for a CNC Operator based on:

  • the Trainee's successful passing of tests administered during the classroom learning
  • the Trainee's demonstrating to our Assessor that s/he can use the required tools and operate the required equipment and produce parts/assemblies as per work orders.
  • the Trainee's demonstration of knowledge of general manufacturing technical practices and procedures and knowledge of CNC-specific technical work practices via an on-line examination.

Trainees who successfully pass all OMLC requirements will be awarded their OMLC Certificate as a CNC Operator. Those Trainees who excel in meeting these requirements will be recognized ‘with Distinction’. And at this time, your company will have the opportunity to continue to employ this OMLC Certified CNC Operator.

These Companies Are Already Benefiting From The CNC Learning Program!

  • cyclone
  • exco
  • hibar
  • noranco


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