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What Does a Machinist Do?

If you value precision and you like solving problems, here’s a job to consider. Machinists run computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to create machine parts, tools and one-of-a-kind items out of metal. Machinists, also called CNC machine operators, set up and operate the computer-driven precision machinery that cuts, grinds or drills the material. They also polish and perfect each item for quality assurance. They work in machine shops or factory tool rooms. They may also work in any manufacturing setting that requires the installation, maintenance, programming and operation of CNC technology. Tool and die makers construct metal forms, called dies, that are used to cut metal and other materials. 

These technical skills are in high demand. As a result, these jobs almost always require overtime. 

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$ 26,000 - $ 67,000
$ 44,000
38,400+
Apprentices learn how to run a computer control panel in a machine shop
If you’re good at math and have an analytical mind, you might make a good machinist. (Credit: ALPA PROD/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
A Day In the Life

When Tony graduated with honors from high school, he didn't have a lot of direction.

He was drawn to Lincoln Electric because he knew if he worked hard, it would pay off — literally. It took him six years to learn about tool and die, but once he started an apprenticeship, he knew he'd found not just a job, but a career. It's one of the lesser known skills-based careers, but there's a huge need for tool and die makers.

You can make an extremely good living as a tool and die maker, says Tony, as long as you're willing to work hard. Plus you get the satisfaction of helping create so many different things people use every day.

"Literally everything around you was probably produced by a tool that a tool and die maker made." 

Job Responsibilities
  • Set up and operate precision equipment
  • Maintain precision equipment
  • Turn, mill, drill, shape and grind machine parts to specifications
  • Plan stock inventory 
  • Inspect and test finished products
  • Program mills and lathes
  • Maintain production and quality logs
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma. To learn the trade, machinists require specific training that is offered by community colleges or technical schools, including classes in math, blueprint reading, metalworking and drafting. Most machinists enter apprenticeship programs. Candidates must be able to work comfortably with complex machines and tools. Certification through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is highly recommended.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Like working with computers
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have strong math skills
  • Enjoy creating things
  • Manage your time well
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills
  • Adapt easily
  • Work well with others

Machinist Training in Your Area

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CNC Operator Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Machining Technology, A.A.S.

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Machining Technology Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Manual Machining Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Industrial Systems Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Precision Machining Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Precision Machining Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Remanufacturing Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

A.A.S. Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing-Machining

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

A.A.S. Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing-Die Making

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

A.A.S. Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing-Mold Making

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

A.A.S. Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing-Tool Making

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

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