CNC Machinists are in great demand on PEI and across the country. “I recently made a recruiting trip to western Canada, and found that there are no CNC Programmers or Machinists available to hire,” says Dianne Griffin, HR Manager, 3 Points Aviation.
“We currently have 63 employees. Our company cannot expand and grow on PEI without help to get more people interested in a career in this industry. We currently have openings for three CNC Programmers and five CNC Operator/Machinists.
“To address this problem, 3 Points is collaborating with Holland College and UPEI to attract more people to the trades. It will take five to 10 years to develop the skills we need.”
3 Points Aviation is a Transport Canada approved facility which manufactures, repairs, and overhauls aircraft components. The company’s departments include manufacturing, programming, HR, front office and administration, quality control, shipping, sales, repair & overhaul, and research & development.
Jobs at 3 Points include Aircraft Maintenance Engineers with an M2 certification, CNC Programmers, CNC Machinists, Manual Machinists, and Repair and Overhaul Technicians.
“The Charlottetown facility has expanded to a 24/7 schedule, so we are presently recruiting across the country for more skilled trades people,” says Dianne. “Over the next six to eight months, we plan to add another 10 to 15 employees.
“These careers are not gender specific. We need women to get interested in this field and willing to take the training. They can do the job just as well as their male counterparts with the proper training and mentorship.
“This career is a sustainable opportunity to keep people on PEI making a good salary with lots of room for advancement. CNC Programmers and Machinists are in great demand by this company and by many other manufacturing firms.
“There is still a need for Manual Machinists, but we employ one Manual Machinist for every 10 CNC Machinists. CNC is the skilled trade to be in.
“We are also looking for people with previous experience in the aerospace industry with a minimum of five years of experience in this industry or in a similar industry.”
Training for Machinists
Holland College has an agreement with NBCC that allows graduates of their one-year Precision Machining course to enter the second year of the CNC Machining program at NBCC. “We would be happy to hire more people who take this educational path,” says Dianne. “3 Points offers an apprenticeship program for those graduates.”
For more about the Precision Machinist program at Holland College, visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs/precision-machinist.
For more about the CNC Machining program at New Brunswick Community College, visit http://nbcc.ca/programs-courses/program-details?baseCurriculumId=7d54776b-649c-42c4-ae46-fd56c12ba46e.
For more about 3 Points Aviation, contact Dianne Griffin at [email protected].