Our world is created by machinists. Without them, the elements to make our machinery work would not be possible. Because of this, there will always be a need for machinists, and believe it or not, most machinists are guaranteed work once their education is finished.

Does the sound of that get you excited? If it does, take a look at the job outlook for machinists, what they do, and the education it takes to become one.

What is a machinist?
First, let’s help you understand what a machinist is. A machinist is someone who sets up and operates hand and machine tools to build, fix, or revise something made of metal, plastics, or wood. A traditional machinist will be able to operate these tools, take apart and repair machine tools, build new parts from scratch, and put the tool back together to continue working with it.

A more specialized machinist could be a tool and die maker, a mold maker, or a programmer or operator. For the most part, every machinist has basic background knowledge. However, some may choose to specialize in a certain area.

The role of a machinist has changed significantly over the past few years because of the use of technology. Nowadays machinists must be computer-literate, have to understand basic electronics, and have to understand basic physics.

Job Outlook
According to Scott Jackson, the president of a council of machinists, “the job outlook for certified machinists is very good for the next few years.” Many machinists of the “baby boomer” age are starting to retire or will be in the next few years, causing a shortage of machinists. Experts predict that there will be two million jobs that go unfilled in manufacturing in the next 10 years. This just shows you the importance and need for machinists today.

Education
Next, let’s look at what education you need to become a machinist. To start, you don’t need a college degree to become a machinist. In fact, most machinist jobs require at least a high school diploma. However, the majority of machinists will attend a vocational or technical college, or receive some type of apprenticeship or specialized training.

Vocational or technical college courses are typically about two years long and focus on designing and reading blueprints, using welding and cutting tools, and learning how to program and use CNC machines.

Machinists are an integral part of the manufacturing industry, and it is a field that provides consistent, needed work.

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