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Machinist job description

A Machinist is a professional who uses various methods to design and produce precision metal parts with a high level of accuracy.

Machinist responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing samples, drawings or instructions to understand specifications of output
  • Planning the sequence of necessary actions for the completion of a job
  • Taking measurements and marking material for cutting or shaping

machinist job description

Job brief

We are looking for a skilled Machinist to operate a variety of machines to perform assigned tasks. You will produce or repair precision parts using both manual and automated equipment and accurate measurements.

A great machinist needs to possess manual dexterity and an eye for detail. They must also have knowledge of mathematics and mechanics as well as respect for safety precautions.

The goal is to ensure effective production operations and optimize procedures.


  • Review samples, drawings or instructions to understand specifications of output
  • Plan the sequence of necessary actions for the completion of a job
  • Take measurements and mark material for cutting or shaping
  • Select appropriate machines (e.g. lathes) and position or load material for a job
  • Determine and program size of batches, speed of machine etc.
  • Monitor machine while working to adjust the feed, maintain temperature and identify issues
  • Check output to ensure consistency with specifications and discard defects
  • Keep records of approved and defective units or final products
  • Perform routine machine maintenance and repair minor damages

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as machinist
  • Experience in using and/or programming manual, semi-automated or automated tools and machines (lathes, grinders etc.)
  • Ability to use precision tools (e.g. calipers) to take accurate measurements
  • Knowledge of the properties of metal and other material
  • Ability to read blueprints, schematics and manuals
  • Good at math with analytical abilities
  • Physical stamina and strength to lift heavy items
  • High school diploma or equivalent; completion of vocational training or an apprenticeship will be an asset

Frequently asked questions

What does a Machinist do?

A Machinist uses blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing files to produce precision metal parts. They set up different types of equipment that are controlled by computers for their work in order to accomplish goals with accuracy while also maintaining high levels of production rates.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Machinist?

A Machinist operates and maintains lathes and milling machines. They review drawings or samples to ensure accurate production; take precise measurements for cutting/shaping tasks using appropriate machine settings.

What makes a good Machinist?

A Machinist must be proficient in all aspects of CNC machining, including milling, turning, close tolerance manufacturing, and more. Proficiency in CAD software is highly important. A machinist must also possess excellent attention to minute details, especially when taking measurements before beginning work.

Who does a Machinist work with?

A Machinist will start out as a CNC Operator and work with other operators and report to a CNC Machinist. A Machinist will ultimately report to a shop manager.

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