Machinists produce precision metal parts using the latest in machine tools
High school diploma or equivalent for entry-level position
What Machinists Do
Machinists are similar to sculptors – they take blocks of metal and shape them into precision parts using a combination of computer-controlled and mechanical machine tools capable of cutting, grinding, drilling, milling, and polishing.
Who Should Become a Machinist?
People that enjoy working with their hands and making useful things from scratch. You should pursue a machinist career if you love math, are good with computers, and have a strong attention to detail.
What is the Job Like?
Most machinists work in machine shops using computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) equipment. Machinists receive blueprints and technical drawings from engineers, and then use CNC equipment to cut, drill, and polish parts to the drawing’s exact parameters.
How Can I Become a Machinist?
Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, community and technical colleges, or informally on the job. A high school diploma is necessary. The need for machinists is projected to grow 7 percent by 2022.