Machinist

$60,390 earning potential

Machinists create their own parts and tools from raw materials. The parts and tools they create with their machines eventually go toward building larger things.

This option is for you if:

You're a perfectionist

You enjoy your AG or shop classes

You take pride in your work

You like following step-by-step instructions

You like to see instant results for your work

You’re adaptable

LOGAN JOHNSON

MACHINIST

Hometown: Magnolia

Age: 31

Where I trained: University of Arkansas Hope–Texarkana

What I Earned: Associate of Applied Science in General Technology, Industrial Technology Certification: Machining*

*Logan also earned other degrees in psychology and business, but they were not required for becoming a machinist

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Understand blueprints and computer-aided design (CAD) files
  • Operate different types of machine tools
  • Monitor the various machines
  • Examine completed products to make sure they meet standards
  • Communicate with customers to adjust products as needed
  • Understand various cutting and measuring tools for a variety of materials

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I enjoy the variety of the projects that we work on and the sense of satisfaction that comes with completing my tasks to the best of my ability. I also really appreciate the opportunity to learn from other seasoned professionals in my field, which allows me to gain even more skills beyond the classroom."

COOL PERKS:

The work is gratifying! Machinists work with a precision that is challenging and technical, but highly satisfying.​

RELATED OCCUPATIONS:

Metal and Plastic Patternmakers, Milling and Planing Operators, Metal and Plastic Model Makers, Tool and Die Makers, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators