Precision Machinists

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 391,130 precision machinists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Maintenance Machinists, Production Machinists
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Machinist
  • Apprentice

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