“If I make a part that can help save someone’s life, that’s a good thing.” —Dan Eason, Wells Technology
What do machinists or machine-tool specialists do?
Make parts turn out how they should, cutting away materials from a block or sheet or an existing part. Might make parts for diverse products, from computers to medical devices.
Use computer software and technology, like writing the program to tell the machine how to cut parts. Use tools like lathes, gauges and calipers, as well as emerging technologies such as Swiss machining and 3D printing.
Upsides & Downsides: Facts you should know
Companies are seeking trained machinists.
A good living
Machinists in Minnesota make a mean salary of $46,120 a year.
96% of machine tool students are hired within 6 months of graduation.
A growing field
380 students graduate each year from machine tool programs in Minnesota.
You might be assigned to work on the same product and machine over multiple days.
Pressure to perform
You’ll need to meet deadlines to achieve productivity goals.
- Machine operator
- CNC programmer
- CNC toolmaker
- CNC operations technician
- Tool & die maker
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