What is a Machinist?
Almost every object you see in the world contains parts that are created by a machinist – from a desk to a car engine to the wings of an airplane. Like a sculptor, a machinist uses high-tech cutting machines to shape metal, plastics, ceramics, composites and even wood into something new.
- Read drawings to learn the details of what needs to be created
- Think creatively to determine the most effective and efficient way to cut the material into the desired shape and size
- Select the proper materials and tools to get the job done, such as calipers, drills and endmills
- Set up and program the high-tech cutting machines to make the part, using CAD and CNC software
- Inspect finished product to ensure accuracy
A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting-edge technology.
Become a machinist through AJAC’s apprenticeship program. Get paid while learning on the job and attend classes only one night a week! To find out how you can become an apprentice and launch your career in aerospace or manufacturing, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.