There are 15,000 tool-making and machining companies in the United States with 400,000 employees and annual sales of $40 billion. There are 30,000 job openings in this field every year.
A machinist sets up and operates conventional, special-purpose and numerical control (Nc) machines and machining centers to fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts. They fit and assemble machined parts into complete units, applying knowledge of machine shop theory and procedures, shop mathematics, machinability of materials, and layout techniques. Machinists study blueprints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work piece, sequence of operations and setup requirements. They measure, mark and scribe dimensions and reference points on material or work piece as guides for subsequent machining.
• General Machinist
• CNC Operator, Machinist or Programmer
• Manufacturing Technician
• Quality Control Technician
• Assembly Technician
• Manufacturing Engineer