Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $17.94/hr
Median: $21.78/hr
Experienced: $25.21/hr

Current Employment
2,280 (2018)

Projected Employment
2,389 (2029)

Growth for Machinists

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Machinists

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Machine Shops66829.3%31%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 43219%13.8%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing773.4%3.1%
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing763.4%17.5%
Machine Tool Manufacturing592.6%13.8%

Occupational Skills

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers