What does a General Machinist (429A) do?

General Machinists are skilled craftspeople who set up and operate precision metal cutting and grinding machines including lathes, milling machines, drills, shapers, boring mills, and grinders. They may use equipment to manufacture, install, operate, adjust, and repair machine tools and other machines in common use.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and understanding blueprints, charts, and tables
  • Making, fitting, and assembling parts using your hands or hand/power tools
  • Accurately estimating and measuring sizes and distances; working with numbers
  • Laying out work pieces to prepare for the job
  • Identifying and comparing slight differences in objects
  • Working independently at tasks that require concentration and physical effort

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma required
  • Completion of apprenticeship, including 7,280-hours of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of required exams and hours of employment to obtain Journeyperson certificate

What's Your Future as a General Machinist (429A)?

  • Full-time; may be in small shops with 2-3 machinists or in large ones with hundreds
  • Job prospects improve for machinists with CNC programming skills and experience
  • Employers include primary steel producers and manufacturers of motor vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, and aircrafts and parts

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage starts lower than journeyperson's and increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $14.00-$25.00 per hour.

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