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Become A Machine Builder

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Working As A Machine Builder

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Stressful

  • $39,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Machine Builder Do At Belcan

* Analyzes assembly blueprint specifications manual and plans machine building operations
* Verifies conformance of parts to stock list blueprints, using measuring instruments, like calipers, gauges and micrometers
* Lays out hole locations, drills and taps holes on parts for assembly
* Aligns components for assembly, manually or with hoist, and bolts, screws, dowels, welds, or rivets parts together, using hand tools, rivet gun, and welding equipment, or arranges for assembly by welder electrician
* Removes high spots, and smooth’s surfaces, using chisels, scrapers, files, and powered hand grinder [Scraper, Hand machine shop ]
* Verifies alignment and tolerances of moving parts, using measuring instruments, like dial indicators thickness gauges
* Tests operation of assembly by hand
* Assembles, sets up, and operates machine to verify functioning, machine capabilities, and conformance to customers specifications

What Does A Machine Builder Do At Job Juncture, Inc.

* INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: * Mechanical assembly of tooling
* Test & debug on workshop floor
* Checking quality of suppliers work/components
* Debug of mechanical scope-of-work
* Working closely with Project Management Department
* Working closely with Mechanical Engineering Department
* Ensuring safe work practices are always being utilized and considered with the workshop
* Verify conformance of parts to stock list and blueprints using measuring instruments, such as: calipers, gauges and micrometers

What Does A Machine Builder Do At Progressive MacHine & Design LLC

* Essential Functions
* Tool Room Responsibilities
* Highly proficient of working knowledge in machine set-up and operations; and ability to oversee, but not limited to:
* Mills, manual and Prototrak
* Lathes
* Surface Grinders, wet or dry
* Cut-off
* Inspection
* Jig Grinding
* Plans and direct production activities and establishes production priorities for tool room in keeping with effective, efficient operations and cost factors.
* Coordinate service work for Machine Builders.
* Can design and fabricate, tooling, jigs, tooling masters, prototypes as needed or requested.
* Ordering for tool room and maintain inventory for stocked items, including Build floor.
* Confers with supervisor, build members, engineers, or other's to resolve machining or assembly problems.
* Provides training and guidance to assembly apprentices.
* Observe and enforce safety procedures including but not limited to wearing proper hearing and vision protection with side shields and sturdy footwear.
* Maintains clean and organized tool room work area.
* Other duties as necessary when requested by management within Federal and State regulations for the position.
* Machine Build Responsibilities
* Reads and analyzes mechanical assembly blueprints and specifications, and plans machine building operations.
* Modifies blueprints by hand, if needed, and communicates changes to Project Management and Engineering.
* Inspects fabricated details against blueprint tolerances to verify conformance.
* Examines fabricated and purchased components for fit, form and function when assembling.
* Makes alterations to fabricated and purchased components, as needed, utilizing tool room equipment.
* Assembles fabricated and purchased components quickly and accurately.
* Qualifies all motions for alignment, tolerance, repeatability and function based on customer specifications.
* Designs, fabricates, and installs all machine guarding.
* Debugs machine operations and logic functionality.
* Maintains a clean work area.
* Duties and responsibilities noted with asterisks (**) are considered to be the essential functions of the job

What Does A Machine Builder Do At Link Engineering

* Works/builds on unique custom designed machine product
* Apply knowledge of hydraulic and machine tool operations
* Fit and adjust to close tolerance
* Report any non-conformance or process change to the supervisor
* Materials, Tools, and Equipment used:
* Crane
* Hi
* Low
* Man Lift
* Miscellaneous Hand Tools
* Precision Level
* Precision Indicator
* Basic tool room equipment (drill press, lathe, mill

What Does A Machine Builder Do At Belcan

* Manual Machining (All types of material including, mild steel, Stainless steel, tools steels and plastics)
* Assisting in the Assembly of special machines (Precision assembly of high tolerance machined parts and components)
* Assisting at the offsite installation of our systems at our customer’s facility.
* Forklift operations (To rig large pieces into the main assembly) Training available.
* Laying out, drilling, tapping on the drill press and radial drill along with deburring and hand grinding of machined/welded parts

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How To Become A Machine Builder

The education level and qualifications needed to enter these jobs vary depending on the industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, experience and additional training is needed for more advanced assembly work.


Most employers require a high school diploma or the equivalent for assembler and fabricator positions.


Workers usually receive on-the-job training, sometimes including employer-sponsored technical instruction.

Some employers may require specialized training or an associate’s degree for the most skilled assembly and fabrication jobs. For example, jobs with electrical, electronic, and aircraft and motor vehicle products manufacturers typically require more formal education through technical schools. Apprenticeship programs are also available.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers the Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO) and the Precision Press Brake Certification (PPB). Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession.

In addition, many employers that hire electrical and electronic assembly workers, especially those in the aerospace and defense industries, require certifications in soldering.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must be able to distinguish different colors because the wires they work with often are color coded.

Dexterity. Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small.

Math skills. Assemblers and fabricators must know basic math and must be able to use computers, as the manufacturing process continues to advance technologically.

Mechanical skills. Modern production systems require assemblers and fabricators to be able to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Physical stamina. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitious work.

Physical strength. Assemblers and fabricators must be strong enough to lift heavy components or pieces of machinery. Some assemblers, such as those in the aerospace industry, must frequently bend or climb ladders when assembling parts.

Technical skills. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to understand technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics for a wide range of products and machines to properly manufacture the final product.

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Machine Builder Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • German

  • Polish

  • Romanian

  • Norwegian

  • Carrier

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Croatian

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Top Machine Builder Skills

  1. New Machines
  2. Manual Lathe
  3. Customer Specifications
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Station assembler for new machines.
  • Build one of a kind machinery to customer specifications and manage purchasing and shipping/receiving functions.
  • Travel worldwide to install and service CNC Drill Centers and Saw Machining Centers.
  • Set up and Operate milling machines, Mig welder, Build & set up CNC Machines.
  • Tested Micrologix-1000 PLC control Systems.

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