Machinists are similar to sculptors – they take blocks of metal and shape them into precision parts using a combination of computer-controlled and mechanical machine tools capable of cutting, grinding, drilling, milling, and polishing.
People that enjoy working with their hands and making useful things from scratch. You should pursue a machinist career if you love math, are good with computers, and have a strong attention to detail.
Most machinists work in machine shops using computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) equipment. Machinists receive blueprints and technical drawings from engineers, and then use CNC equipment to cut, drill, and polish parts to the drawing’s exact parameters.
Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, community and technical colleges, or informally on the job. A high school diploma is necessary. The need for machinists is projected to grow 7 percent by 2022.