Machinists are skilled workers who can transform a block of metal into an intricate part; such as, a gear or piston that meets precise specification. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Many machines are computer numerically controlled (CNC), which means the machinist uses computers to direct the machine’s operation.
Most machine shops are well lighted and ventilated. Machinists wear protective equipment such as safety glasses to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to protect against machinery noise. They may stand most of the day and may lift moderately heavy work pieces.
The apprentices will learn the theory and skills to operate all the basic machinery found in a well-equipped machine shop, including lathes, drilling machines, metal cutting saws, vertical and horizontal milling machines, and surface and cylindrical grinders.
Text provided by State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards