As part of our job seeker series, we will answer the question, “what is a machinist?”.
Take a look at what it takes to become a successful machinist and decide if this position might be the right next career move for you.
1. What Does a Machinist Do?
Machinists are responsible for manufacturing parts, specialty tools, and even repairing tools. They set up and operate milling machines, lathes, and drilling machines. In addition, they are responsible for maintaining the machines. Their work is precise as they read blueprints, drawings, and instructions, making sure products are made to all of the specifications. As part of the production process, they cut and shape items as well as die-casting tools or products. Machinists are one of the first lines of defense as they troubleshoot and perform preventative maintenance. They also check to ensure the quality of their work by inspecting it for non-conformities. A machinist may create programs in CAD or AutoCAD to design products and tools. Keeping the work area tidy is of utmost importance as machinists use powerful tools. Common equipment is things like CNC machines, lathes and milling machines, calipers and micrometers, and drills and grinding wheels.
2. Benefits of Being a Machinist
Machinists are usually full-time employees. Because the job requires skill, it pays well and often offers benefits like tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, mental/dental/health insurance, 401 K, mentorship programs, and paid sick or vacation leave. Machinists may work differing shifts. This can give you flexibility if you are looking for something beyond the normal 9-5 shift.
3. Skills for Success as a Machinist
Often it is a job that requires standing and being able to be physically mobile. An eye for detail is helpful as reading blueprints and following directions is part of the job. Communicating with team members is also part of the job as machinists check for quality assurance on products that are produced. In some situations, machinists may be asked to work multiple machines throughout their shifts.
The experience level a machinist job requires varies. Some companies are willing to hire and train new machinists while other more involved positions require a background in the field. Jobs that offer mentorship programs can be a great way to expand your skills and move up if you are interested in starting your career.
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Our recruiting firm regularly recruits employees for industrial work like a machinist. We have spent years cultivating relationships with our partners to help you and them find a job that will work well. We are currently offering full-time positions for machinists and several other roles in the industrial field. If you are interested or have more questions on the day-to-day of any of our roles, visit our contact us page or call our Kennesaw or Jasper offices today! Now is the perfect time for you to tap into this field!