Begin an Apprenticeship



certificate after high school or high school diploma/GED usually needed

Median Income


What They Do

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. 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.

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.



Skills Needed

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities Needed

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting,
  • standing, or lying down
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    notice when problems happen

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