MACHINIST

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

OTHER JOB TITLES

CNC Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), Gear Machinist, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Production Machinist, Tool Room Machinist

JOB TASKS

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments, such as micrometers or vernier calipers.

  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.

  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.

  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.

  • Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $26.09/hr. $54,270 annually.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029)- Average (3% to 4%)
  • Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)- 38,000

REQUIRED EDUCATION

High School/Equivalency, Post-secondary certificate, Associate’s Degree

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