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IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33723MachinistMale31 $50,000East Dubuque, IL01/01/2010
33581Prototype MachinistMale40 $45,000garrett, IN01/01/2010
33006JourneymanMale51 $65,000Richton Park, IL01/01/2010
32994Fork Lift DriverMale43 $40,000oconto, NY01/01/2010
32507Machine OperatorFemale51 $27,000woodbury, NJ01/01/2010


Machinists utilize tools and machinery in order to make or modify parts using a process called machining. Machining entails using special tools or equipment to cut away access materials and shape materials into a desired finished product.

Machinists may use both mechanically controlled and computer-controlled machine tools and may work in a tool room, factory, or machine shop. Some machinists work on the staff of large commercial organizations to ensure continuing machinery operations and avoid costs associated with production slowdowns. Finished products include instruments, precision metal parts, tools, and more. These finished products can be created from wood, metal, plastic, and other raw materials. While some machinists work normal business hours and have full-time work available, overtime work, evening work, and weekend work are frequently required.

Much of their training is completed on the job, and those wishing to become a machinist can begin their professional training after earning a high school diploma, as no secondary education is required. They may obtain training through machine shops or apprenticeships organized by local unions. Some vocational schools, community colleges, and technical college also offer training for machinists.

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