Machinist

Machinist

When the success of a manufacturing operation requires a part that doesn't exist, machinists create the solution. Working with raw materials like metal and plastic, they operate a variety of machines to produce precision parts and instruments.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

7% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Apprenticeship during or after high school

 
Responsibilities*
  • Work from blueprints, sketches or computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files
  • Set up, operate, and disassemble manual, automatic, and computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machine tools
  • Align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and workpieces
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines
  • Turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machine parts to specifications
  • Measure, examine, and test completed products for defects
  • Smooth the surfaces of parts or products
  • Present finished workpieces to customers and make modifications if needed
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $38,120
Hourly = $18.33

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm (visited April 21, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#49-0000 (visited April 21, 2015).