What Does A Machinist Do?

A machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment. Anthony, the machinist featured in the video, fixes parts for airplanes.

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How Do I Become A Machinist?

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Applicants must then complete an apprenticeship program through a national organization, college, or manufacturing company.

What is the Average Salary For A Machinist?

High – 66,000
Median – 45,000
Low – 26,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Machinist?

  • Trade-related courses
  • Math
  • Communication
  • 3D Design & Printing

What Is The Work Environment For A Machinist?

Machinists may work in the automotive or aviation industry as well as for any manufacturing organization.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Machinist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada