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Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.


SOC Code 51-4041 - Machinists is a a final level code of the “Production Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 383,470 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $22.17 and average Annual Wage of $46,120.


Machinists who primarily program or operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment are classified in "Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators and Programmers" (51-9160).


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Occupation Examples

  • Automotive Machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • Gear Machinist
  • Manual Lathe Machinist
  • Precision Machinist
  • Production Machinist
  • Tool Room Machinist

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