Machinist

Manufacturing & Trades

Do you like to make things?

Check out a career as a MACHINIST.

What is it?

Machinists typically work in manufacturing facilities, assembling metal materials and converting them into precise metal pieces used for building machinery.  They create things like simple bolts, metal tools, pistons, and specialized cylinders for aircraft engines.  The key to success in this job is accuracy.  Precision metal pieces often need to be accurate to within hundredths of a millimeter.

What will I do?

Machinists operate high-powered tools to do their work, using lathes, grinders, lasers, millers, and drill presses outfitted with sharp diamonds, carbide, and high-speed steel to cut with proficiency and accuracy. They often train in computer programming where they learn to write programs that control the computerized numerical control, or CNC machines. Machinists must also be able to modify computer programs to prevent problems. Protective goggles, clothing, and ear plugs are an absolute necessity.

 

Can lead you to these jobs:

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Fabricator
  • Installer
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Tool and Die Maker

Important characteristics for this job include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinker
  • Dependable
  • Likes to work with hands
  • Good eye / hand coordination
  • Good with computers

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Machinist

Employment Stats in Lake County

EDUCATION LEVEL NEEDED

High School

MEDIAN
SALARY

JOB GROWTH
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

%

JOB OPENINGS
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Source – Emsi, 2019

Interested in pursuing a career as a Machinist?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Manufacturing program. You can also register for the Manufacturing programs offered by the Tech Campus.

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Training grants are available to assist you with tuition or financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Machine Tool Trades programs offered by the College of Lake County.

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