Use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts as specified in a blueprint or online CAD design. Work with your hands and analyze designs to figure out the best way to execute production. If you enjoy problem-solving and working with your hands, consider becoming a machinist!
Make a Difference
A Typical Day
- Apply knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures
- Set up and operate a variety of manual and automated machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments.
- As a precision instrument maker, fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments.
- Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Explore This Career
Try it before you buy it!
- Attend Manufacturing Day
- Visit Precision Machining program at the Career Tech Center
- Shop class at your high school
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Dual enroll at NMC - Machining I (MFG 113)
Dual enroll at NMC - Machining II (MFG 114)
Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center – Precision Machining Technology
Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center - Drafting & Design Online
NMC - Manufacturing Technology
Associates Degree in Applied Science
Two + Two agreements between NMC and the above bachelor's degree programs.
Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.
Sample Job Titles...
- Maintenance Machinist
- Maintenance Specialist
- Production Machinist
- Set-Up Machinist
- Tool Room Machinist