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What is a Machinist?

Position Description Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. 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.

List of Machinist Job Duties

  • Prepare working sketches for the illustration of product appearance.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
  • Advise clients about the materials being used for finished products.
  • Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools.

Machinist Skills

These are the skills Machinists say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Types of Machinist Jobs

  • Machinist A
  • Lathe Machinist
  • Instrument Maker and Repairer
  • Experimental Machinist
  • Mechanist

Is There Job Demand for Machinists?

There were about 396,200 jobs for Machinist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 7,900 new jobs for Machinist by 2026. The BLS estimates 40,700 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Machinist are Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Machinist Average Salary

The salary for Machinists ranges between about $27,050 and $65,360 a year.

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Machinists who work in Alaska, Hawaii, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Machinists make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $44,550
Alaska $64,220
Arizona $48,300
Arkansas $42,180
California $47,450
Colorado $48,210
Connecticut $50,540
Delaware $55,210
District of Columbia $62,950
Florida $42,060
Georgia $43,900
Hawaii $66,840
Idaho $44,610
Illinois $41,350
Indiana $44,110
Iowa $40,080
Kansas $42,370
Kentucky $43,810
Louisiana $49,160
Maine $51,040
Maryland $53,560
Massachusetts $52,700
Michigan $41,880
Minnesota $49,880
Mississippi $41,730
Missouri $46,130
Montana $45,590
Nebraska $43,360
Nevada $43,850
New Hampshire $49,060
New Jersey $50,160
New Mexico $53,930
New York $47,010
North Carolina $42,870
North Dakota $52,070
Ohio $42,910
Oklahoma $44,700
Oregon $48,930
Pennsylvania $44,290
Rhode Island $48,330
South Carolina $38,610
South Dakota $38,140
Tennessee $45,770
Texas $46,850
Utah $49,340
Vermont $44,210
Virginia $49,640
Washington $52,190
West Virginia $37,680
Wisconsin $43,150
Wyoming $52,160

What Tools do Machinists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Machinists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • SAP
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • CNC Mastercam
  • ERP software
  • Vero Software SURFCAM
  • EditCNC
  • Kentech Kipware Trig Kalculator
  • Mazak Mazatrol SMART CNC
  • Autodesk HSMWorks
  • CNC Consulting Machinists’ Calculator

Becoming a Machinist

Individuals working as a Machinist have obtained the following education levels:

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Where Machinists Work

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Machinists work in the following industries:

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