What does a Machinist do?
A machinist operates computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, such as lathes and milling machines, to cut and produce precision parts for machines, instruments, and tools. Machinist repair or produce parts using both manual and automated equipment with precise measurements. Essentially, a machinists' goal is to ensure effective production operations and optimize procedures. A machinist typically works in manufacturing plants.
Most machinist have at least a high school diploma, however, a completed apprenticeship or vocational training is preferred. Successful machinists possess excellent mathematical and analytical skills and have great manual dexterity.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a machinist
When working as a machinist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CNC Programming, Mechanical Drawing, Gages, CAD/CAM and Tolerance.
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The most common qualifications to become a machinist is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.