What do Machinists do?
A machinist uses machine tools to make or modify parts, primarily metal parts, a process known as machining. A machinist is to metal as a woodcarver is to wood. They typically work in machine shops using specialized measuring and cutting tools. Because the technology of machining is changing rapidly, workers must learn to operate a wide range of machines. Some newer manufacturing processes use lasers, water jets, and electrified wires to cut the workpiece. Although some of the computer controls are similar to those of other machine tools, machinists must understand the unique capabilities and features of different machines.
As a Machinist, you will
Training & Educational Opportunities
You will have plenty of employment opportunities as a machinist, but first you will have to complete specific training. Some employers prefer certification from The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), or from similar reputable occupational training programs.
- BIR Training Center
- College of DuPage
- Elgin Community College
- Illinois Manufacturing Foundation
- Joliet Junior College
- Symbol Training Institute
- Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
- Waubonsee Community College
Types of Employers
- Aerospace parts manufacturers
- Forging and stamping businesses
- Machinery manufacturers
- Transportation equipment manufacturers
- CNC Programmer
- Machinist Supervisor
- Mold Maker
- Tool and Die Maker