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Machinist Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2009-425 (October 6, 2009), N.S. Reg. 294/2009


Effective April 1, 2017, these regulations are replaced by N.S. Reg. 221/2016.


1     These regulations may be cited as the Machinist Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


(a)“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


                (b)    “General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;


                (c)    “machinist trade” means the occupation of machinist, consisting of performing lay-out procedures, setting up and operating machines to cut or grind metal and similar materials into parts or product with precise dimensions.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations under [unless] the context otherwise requires.

Term of apprenticeship

3     The term of apprenticeship for the machinist trade is 8000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, and may include a probationary period of no longer than 3 months.

Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices

4     An employer in the machinist trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to each apprentice, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.

Wage schedule

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a machinist apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a machinist journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Machinist Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)


















       (2)    An employer must not employ a machinist apprentice at a wage for actual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour Standards Code.

Certificate through trade qualification

6     For the purpose of Section 30 of the General Regulations, which authorizes the Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meets certain requirements, 12 000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the machinist trade.


7     A person who on the coming into force of these regulations is an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the regulations respecting the machinist trade, N.S. Reg. 12/67, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 67-206 dated March 7, 1967, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.