Machinist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 59,655 Machinist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Machinist Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with CNC, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Machinist Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Machinist CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand machinist skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a machinist : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Machinist
CNC, 33%
Set-Up, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 59,655 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a machinist job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average machinist job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average machinist candidate have?
The average machinist resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your machinist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from machinist resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Screw Machine Operator (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machinist
Certificate - Agricultural Mechanization
  • Manufactured and sorted plastic parts, General Labor
  • Inspect parts using micrometers and calipers.
  • Edit CNC programs to achieve optimum operating efficiency.
  • Ended up a CNC Mill Machine operator milling crankshafts for the engines for the last year of employment.
  • Operated various CNC machines, presses, mills, lathes and drills

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machinist
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Agricultural Mechanization
  • Calculated dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments such as micrometers and vernier calipers.
  • Designed set-up and procedures to proof castings for the CFM56 jet engine combuster case.
  • Machine Types: Mazak, Leblonde, Cinn, and Mills.
  • Certified in Motoman and Fanuc robotics programming.
  • Educated in programming and running CNC Lathes.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machinist
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Precision Metal Working
  • Used electric test boxes to troubleshoot and isolate defective components during major aircraft inspections.
  • Diagnose diesel engine, air compressor, and other locomotive mechanical system malfunctions.
  • Work with a team to get locomotives in and out the shop on time for train crew.
  • Perform light and heavy repair on GE locomotives at the GE shop.
  • Read and understand Locomotive Maintenance Instructions, schematics, diagrams and input discrepancies into Integrated Locomotive Planner System.
Precision Machinist

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machinist
Certificate - Mechanical Engineering
  • Use of CMM to verify proper specifications of finished part.
  • Operated and changed the tooling for Mazak Lathes, VTC vertical mill, and wheel grinder.
  • Operated Okuma Lathes, Grinders, Face and Centering, and Spline Roll machines.
  • Help supervisor with shop schedule and ordering of materials per jobs to manufacturing parts.
  • Followed quality guidelines, including first piece verification to ensure produced parts were meeting company standards.
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As a machinist, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Machinist roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of machinist resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Based on our analysis of machinist resumes, the most common major for machinist candidates is Precision Metal Working, but other majors made their way in as well. Business, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Technology were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Machinist Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Machinists. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Machinists to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%