YOUR CAREER AS A MACHINIST

YOUR CAREER AS AMACHINIST

If you like math and big machinery, these interests could lead to a huge paycheck as a machinist. And did we mention the job security? There are thousands of job openings expected over the next few years. One of these could be yours!

A Day in the Life of a Machinist

If you like math and big machinery, these interests could lead to a huge paycheck as a machinist. And did we mention the job security? There are thousands of job openings expected over the next few years. One of these could be yours!

Wage Range

$29K - $65K

Annual Openings

2880

Projected Job Growth

3.1%

WHAT IS A MACHINIST?

Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. This includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify or repair mechanical instruments. Machinists may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines. They must apply their knowledge of mechanics, math, metal properties, layout and machining procedures.

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?

Machinists possess these qualities:

  • PROBLEM SOLVING
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL
  • STEADY HANDS

WHAT DO MACHINISTS DO?

Read blueprints, sketches or computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files

Set up, operate and disassemble manual, automatic and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools

Align, secure and adjust cutting tools and work pieces.

Turn, mill, drill, shape and grind machine parts to specifications.

Measure, examine and test completed products for defects.

Present finished work pieces to customers and make modifications if needed.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Check out the educational requirements for a machinist career.

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High school diploma or equivalent
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Long-term on-the-job training

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