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!

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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

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Manufacturing Technology Degrees
Northwestern Michigan College

Mechatronics, AAS
— Baker College - Cadillac

Elsewhere in Michigan


Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science
— Ferris State University

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 2

NMC - Manufacturing Technology
Associates Degree in Applied Science 

In-company training

Pathway 3

Two + Two agreements between NMC and the above bachelor's degree programs.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Maintenance Machinist
  • Maintenance Specialist
  • Production Machinist
  • Set-Up Machinist
  • Tool Room Machinist

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

10-County Region

Employed Regionally

In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

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