• Machinists
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 43,950
    $28,750 range bar $65,550
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. They may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or to maintain industrial machines.

What do they typically do

  • Use precision instruments such as micrometers to measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and make sure they conform to specifications
  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine the methods or sequences of operations needed to make products
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process
  • Machine parts to specifications using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.5%
Job Opening 1,311

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
Private Training Programs

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