Machinists use machine tools to make precision parts and to cut, shape, and finish metal
Do you love the details? Are you fascinated by creating a variety of products using the latest technology?
Why Should You Consider This Career?
That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
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

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.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
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
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 62/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 58/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 57/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 50/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 43/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 43/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 35/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 34/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 31/100

  • Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes. 30/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Calipers
  • Horizontal turning center
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Hammers
  • Height gauges
  • Boring machines
  • Gage block set
  • Micrometers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drilling machines
  • Manual press brake
  • Platform lift
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Turret lathe
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Spot welding machine
  • Grinding machines
  • Shears
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits
  • Power saws
  • Hacksaw
  • Casting machines
  • Hex keys
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge
  • Mill saw file
  • Double ended stud
  • Horizontal machining center
  • Induction heating machine
  • Cold chisels
  • Threading machine
  • Machine end mill
  • Slings
  • Ratchets
  • Arbors
  • Welder torch
  • Radius gauge
  • Half round file
  • Bench vises
  • Surface grinding machine
  • Multi-tasking or universal machining center
  • Hydraulic press frames
  • Blow torch
  • Facial shields
  • Power buffers
  • Levels
  • Safety glasses
  • Surface gauge
  • Shaper cutter
  • Cylinder gauge
  • Vertical machining center
  • Thermal spray machine
  • Column and knee milling machine
  • Chamfering machine
  • Socket sets
  • Welding masks
  • Power drills
  • Squares
  • Metal broaching machines
  • Milling machines
  • Bench dog
  • Center gauge
  • Angle cutter
  • Plasma arc welding machine
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Wedges
  • Pitch measuring instruments
  • Rulers
  • Wave soldering machine
  • Power grinders
  • Planing machines
  • Tube bending machine
  • Threading die hand tool
  • Locking pliers
  • Sledge hammer
  • Taps
  • Power chippers
  • Sine bar
  • Traveling column milling machine
  • Power planes
  • Protractors
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Deburring tool
  • Telescoping gauge
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine
  • Metal cutters
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Thread counters or gauges
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • End cut pliers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Rubber mallet
  • Adjustable angle plate
  • Hand reamer
  • Metal inert gas welding machine
  • Saws
  • Magnetic tools
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
  • Metal band sawing machine
  • Honing machine
  • Flat hand file
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Workshop cranes
  • Ladders
  • Putty knives
  • Pry bars
  • Hand clamps
  • Scribers
  • Utility knives
  • Forklifts
  • Anvils
  • Combination wrenches
  • Tongs
  • Laser printers
  • Grinders
  • Desktop computers
  • Swaging tools
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Chucks
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Power sanders
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Combination pliers
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