Machinist

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.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 19,830
Employment Projected: 22,230
Percentage Change: 12.1%

Education/Training

Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Gear Machinist
  • Journeyman Machinist
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Repair Person
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Maintenance Specialist
  • Production Machinist
  • Set-Up Machinist
  • Tool Room Machinist

Duties

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.

Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $29,130
Average: $41,910
Experienced: $48,300