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Sometimes when engines or machines break down, the parts needed to repair them are not available. In these cases, the broken parts must be repaired or new ones made. Machinists make and repair metal parts for engines and all types of machines.

What They Do:

Machinists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Study blueprints or written plans of the parts to be made
  • Set up and operate lathes to make parts such as shafts and gears
  • Cut metal stock using power hacksaws and bandsaws
  • Bore holes using drill presses
  • Shape and smooth parts using grinders
  • Measure work using micrometers, calipers, and depth gauges

Training Provided:

Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in machine operation. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:

  • Machine types and uses
  • Machine setup and operation
  • Uses of different metals
  • Safety procedures

Helpful Attributes:

Helpful school subjects include math, general science, metal working, and mechanical drawing. Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to apply mathematical formulas
  • Interest in making things and finding solutions to mechanical problems
  • Preference for working with the hands

Work Environment:

Machinists work in machine shops, which are often noisy.