Precision Machinists

Precision Machinist Uses Drill

Precision machinists use machine tools, such as drill presses, lathes, and milling machines, to produce metal parts that meet precise specifications. They combine their knowledge of metals with skillful handling of machine tools to make precision-machined products. There are approximately 399,040 precision machinists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Maintenance Machinists, Production Machinists
Duties Read blueprints for new pieces of material; design the process for making each piece; set up the machine(s) for making the pieces; and carry out the sequence of machine operations for completing the finished product
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Machinist
  • Apprentice