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Machinist and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Employees at Tri-Aerospace, featured in this issue, typically operate CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines to create their products. They may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools. Machinists apply knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Education: There are many different ways to become a skilled machinist. In high school, students should take math courses, especially trigonometry and geometry. They should also take courses in blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting if available.

Completing a recognized certification program provides machinist with better job opportunities and helps employers judge the abilities of new hires.

The hourly wage rate for a machinist in Region 7* ranges from $10.34 per hour to $23.04 per hour depending on training and experience; the average wage rate is $16.61 per hour.

There are several ways to get started on a career in manufacturing.

  • Students: Meet with your Guidance Counselor
  • Visit your local colleges for more information about their manufacturing program:
  • Visit your local WorkOne Office for information about available training programs. Such as the CNC Machinist course which provides you with four NIMS (National Institute Metalworking Skills) certifications.

*Region 7 is composed of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties.