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.

Machinists:

  • 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

Machinist Program Outline

Benefits:

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.