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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.


  • Machinists learn their job skills in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, in vocational high schools, and in community or technical colleges.
  • Many entrants previously have worked as machine setters, operators, or tenders.
  • Employment is projected to decline slowly, but job opportunities are expected to be good.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $39,220/yr ($19.61/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma