Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. 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.

Also Known As

CNC Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), Gear Machinist, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Production Machinist, Tool Room Machinist


  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production.
  • Determine metal or plastic production methods.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Sort recyclable materials.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces.
  • Create diagrams or blueprints for workpieces or products.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems.


Education Requirements

  • Education: High School Diploma or Equal
  • Experience: None
  • Training: 1+ Years - On The Job


  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness – Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Manual Dexterity – Holding or moving items with your hands.
  • Finger Dexterity – Putting together small parts with your fingers.
  • Control Precision – Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

Pathway Job Market and Predictions - Connecticut

Future Job Opportunities: Average
Typical Wages
Local National
10% $30,360 $29,240
25% $38,960 $35,900
Median $52,460 $45,840
75% $63,820 $57.930
90% $77,120 $69,050

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