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At A Glance: Machinist

Machinists set up and operate different machine tools to make parts or instruments. They sometimes also produce or modify parts for repairs or maintenance. To make pieces to specifications, machinists must be able to interpret blueprints, measure dimensions, and assess their products. Depending on the product and manufacturing process, some machinists will work with specialized computer software and systems. To become a machinist requires at least a high school diploma and on-the-training. Workers earn an average of $20.97 an hour, and the demand for machinists is growing. Some positions will require additional certifications or apprenticeships.

Entry Level Requirements


High School Diploma

Machinists require at least a high school diploma. Some positions may require additional training, certifications or apprenticeships.
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Commonly Performed Tasks

Machinists primarily operate a wide range of equipment to manufacture a piece of or final product. Most of their work will require some physical activity to move materials and operate machinery. To keep production moving, machinists are responsible for monitoring their equipment, materials, and products.
  • Set up or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations
  • Machine parts to specifications with machine tools like lathes, milling machines, or grinders
  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances using instruments
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, or materials onto machines
  • Measure or examine completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications

Required Job Skills

Machinists require specific skills to do their jobs effectively. They must be able to monitor operations to ensure machines are working properly, apply critical thinking when necessary, and control operations of equipment and systems. Machinists must also engage in active listening, be able to adjust their actions in relation to others' behaviors, and monitor themselves, others, and organizations and apply corrective actions when needed.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials
  • Physical strength and dexterity

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Eastern Gateway Community College - Youngstown Campus
Program: Machining
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Butler County Community College - Main Campus
Program: Machine Tool Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Machine Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Months
Community College of Allegheny County - North Campus
Program: Machine Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Months
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Program: Machine Tool Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Westmoreland County Community College
Program: Journeyman Machining Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year

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