Machinist Job Description

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The Machinist uses machine tools to create custom metal and plastic parts with a high degree of accuracy. They are also responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment used to produce goods.


  • Reads and understands the specifications or blueprints for the work to be done and plans the steps to be taken to complete the project.
  • Uses extensive knowledge of available materials and the latest technologies to plan and select the material and tools to be used for the project.
  • Shapes the material by cutting, drilling, boring, turning, milling, planning, and grinding.
  • Finishes and assembles parts by hand and uses scribers, gauges, and other instruments to achieve accuracy.
  • Remains up-to-date on information about new technology in materials, methods and equipment.


Reports to the Production Manager. Works with other machinists to maintain and repair production equipment and make custom parts.


A high school diploma or GED is required; vocational training is preferred. Machinist certification (e.g., CNC Machining) is desired. Good mechanical aptitude, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination are required.


Ability to communicate orally with management and coworkers is important. Regular use of a variety of machines and tools is essential. Standing for extended periods is common.

Hearing and vision within normal ranges is important for conversations, to receive ordinary information and to prepare or inspect documents, manuals and drawings.

Some medium lifting is expected. Exertion of up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally is required. Good manual dexterity for the use of mechanical equipment such as drills, lathes, mills, grinders, and other machines or measuring tools is required.

Good math and reasoning abilities are essential. Must be able to understand and utilize engineering drawings, operating manuals, and blueprints to conduct business.


The job is typically performed indoors, on a manufacturing floor. Exposure to loud noises, dust, dirt, heat, sparks, and smoke may occur. Protective safety equipment – including appropriate clothing, shoes, gloves, hardhat, and safety goggles – are needed. Activities include extended periods of standing and extensive work with measuring devices and heavy machinery.


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