Average Salary: Entry level--$23,900--$28,500 Experienced--$36,400--$45,390
Education/Training Required: Most positions require an Associate's Degree
Jobs Available: 23-80
Energy Industries: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Solar
Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. They may 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.
Tools and Technology ·
- Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments such as micrometers and calipers.
- Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
- Position and fasten work pieces.
- Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
- Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
- Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
- Calipers - Dial, Hermaphrodite, Outside spring, Vernier
- Gauges or inspection fixtures - Dial indicators; Planer, Ring and Telescoping gauges ·
- Hammers - Ball peen, Composition, Machinists' and Sledge hammers ·
- Lathes - Drum, Engine, Flywheel and Turning lathes ·
- Milling cutters - Knee mills; Milling angle form cutters; Multi-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines; Undercut tools
- Analytical or scientific software
- Computer aided design (CAD) and Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software
- Project management and Spreadsheet software
Critical Knowledge ·
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- CNC (Computer/Numerical Control) machine programming