Metal Machinist (Occupation Code : 652301)

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Sets up and operates machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications. NOTE: This occupation is listed as a trade.


Producing a part (metal or plastic that is unique or needed in thousands) from material by cutting.

Producing a specific part by using various machine tools.

Planning a logical workflow through a series of machines when a large number of parts are needed.

Using a Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine (a special precision computer-driven tool that can machine a large variety of shapes) if required.

Configuring machine tools according to the strategy provided by an engineer and according to blueprints and engineering drawings to produce detailed specifications of a part.

Observing machine operations to detect work piece defects or machine malfunctions and adjusting machines as necessary.

Working with the quality department in ensuring that specifications are maintained in finished products.

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