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Working As A Manual Machinist

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $40,550

    Average Salary

What Does A Manual Machinist Do At Superior Energy Services

* Operate machines (Manual Lathe).
* Ensures machines are in working order and properly maintained.
* Perform minor repairs on equipment.
* Follow established safety policies and procedures.
* On a rotation basis, will be required to be on call when scheduled.
* Ensure full awareness of, and compliance with, the requirements of all relevant company/customer QHSE handbooks, QHSE procedures and emergency procedures.
* Perform any other delegated duties considered appropriate in order to maintain the efficient running of the department.
* Supervisory Responsibilities:This job has no supervisory responsibilities

What Does A Manual Machinist Do At Randstad

* Making set-ups, grinding tools, and determining the proper tools and speeds for efficient production.
* Will use prints, specifications, sketches, and samples.
* Will be using calipers, micrometers, and other measuring devices.
* If interested, give us a call today!
* Randstad is a world leader in matching great people with great companies.
* Our experienced agents will listen carefully to your employment needs and then work diligently to match your skills and qualifications to the right job and company.
* Whether you're looking for temporary, temporary-to-permanent or permanent opportunities, no one works harder for you than Randstad.
* EEO Employer: Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Citizenship, Sex, Age, Disability, Ancestry, Veteran Status, Genetic Information, Service in the Uniformed Services or any other classification protected by law

What Does A Manual Machinist Do At Experis Engineering

* Safely and efficiently set up and operate all common machine tools including Bridgeport mills, engine lathes, key setters, and drill press, as well as large lathes, horizontal and vertical boring mills in a heavy industrial setting.
* Perform simple to complex machine setups with little to no assistance.
* Solid working knowledge of machine tool set up, operation and maintenance Maintain a high level of quality and attention to detail in close tolerance manufacturing.
* Safely operate overhead cranes and forklifts to handle pieces up to 65 tons.
* Display proficiency in the use of inspection tools such as micrometers (ID/OD/depth) calipers, pi tapes, etc. and hand tools including layout tools, grinders, drills, wrenches, mallets, etc.
* Read and interpret documents such as blueprints, work orders and manuals.
* Knowledge about geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
* Change cutting tools and adjust machine feeds and speeds as needed.
* Work effectively with minimal supervision.
* Must be reliable and display attention to detail Suggest changes that improve safety and boost productivity.
* Assist in troubleshooting and repairing equipment breakdowns.
* Work effectively with minimal supervision.
* Perform routine maintenance on equipment.
* Complete required inspection documentation reports.
* Receive priorities, instructions and assignments from supervisor.
* Maintain good housekeeping practices.
* Observe all safety and general plant rules.
* Works overtime - evening, weekend and holiday

What Does A Manual Machinist Do At Flowserve Corporation

* Set up and operate an Engine Lathe and machine metals, parts, and castings to close tolerances.
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* D threading, tapping, angle machining, grooving, and parting off, reaming and turning.
* Use numeric readout Operation of tailstock, steady rest, 4-jaw chuck, and taper attachment.
* Find centerline of part and machine.
* Machining methods, cutting tools, cutting qualities of metals and overall manufacturing experience.
* Use micrometers, calipers and hand tools.
* Use proficient shop math.
* Assemble necessary parts when needed.
* Read blueprints, work from layouts and dimensions on drawings, using indicators, height gauges, etc.
* Load, align, perform set up and operate machines per drawing instructions.
* Perform unloads, checks for quality.
* Debur casting/part as required.
* Maintain quality and quantity with strong sense of accountability and high standards.
* Maintain clean and orderly work area.
* Follow all safety procedures.
* Maintain records of production (route cards).
* Hours are M
* F 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM with overtime, based on the business needs

What Does A Manual Machinist Do At Sulzer Pumps Us Inc.

* Assist maintenance in diagnosis, repair, and preventative maintenance
* Operate jib cranes and forklifts as directed by Area Superintendent
* Adheres to company and department policies, procedures, and standards
* Supports, cooperates with, and participates in company-wide LEAN and EHS Management System which includes following all safety, health and environmental policies and procedures
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Manual Machinist

There are many different ways to become a machinist or tool and die maker. Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community or technical colleges, or on the job. To become a fully trained tool and die maker takes several years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. Good math and problem-solving skills, in addition to familiarity with computer software, are important. A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary.


Machinists and tool and die makers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. In high school, students should take math courses, especially trigonometry and geometry. They also should take courses in blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting, if available.

Some advanced positions, such as those in the aircraft manufacturing industry, require the use of advanced applied calculus and physics. The increasing use of computer-controlled machinery requires machinists and tool and die makers to have experience using computers before entering a training program.

Some community colleges and technical schools have 2-year programs that train students to become machinists or tool and die makers. These programs usually teach design and blueprint reading, how to use a variety of welding and cutting tools, and the programming and function of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.


There are multiple ways for workers to gain competency in the job as a tool or die maker. One common way is through long-term on-the-job training, which lasts 1 year or longer.

Apprenticeship programs, typically sponsored by a manufacturer, provide another way to become a machinist or tool and die maker, but they are often hard to get into. Apprentices usually have a high school diploma or equivalent, and most have taken algebra and trigonometry classes.

Apprenticeship programs often consist of paid shop training and related technical instruction lasting several years. The technical instruction typically is provided in cooperation with local community colleges and vocational–technical schools.

Apprentices usually work 40 hours per week and receive technical instruction during evenings. Trainees often begin as machine operators and gradually take on more difficult assignments. Machinists and tool and die makers must be experienced in using computers to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines. Some machinists become tool and die makers.

A number of machinists and tool and die makers receive their technical training from community and technical colleges. Employees may learn this way while being employed by a manufacturer that supports the employee’s training goals and provides needed on-the-job training as well.

Even after completing a formal training program, tool and die makers still need years of experience to become highly skilled.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

To boost the skill level of machinists and tool and die makers and to create a more uniform standard of competency, a number of training facilities and colleges offer certification programs. The Skills Certification System, for example, is an industry-driven program that aims to align education pathways with career pathways. In addition, journey-level certification is available from state apprenticeship boards after completing an apprenticeship.

Completing a recognized certification program provides machinists and tool and die makers with better job opportunities and helps employers judge the abilities of new hires.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must understand highly technical blueprints, models, and specifications so that they can craft precision tools and metal parts. 

Manual dexterity. The work of machinists and tool and die makers must be highly accurate. For example, machining parts may demand accuracy to within .0001 of an inch, a level of accuracy that requires workers’ concentration and dexterity.

Math skills and computer application experience. Workers must have good math skills and be experienced using computers to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines.

Mechanical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must operate milling machines, lathes, grinders, laser and water cutting machines, wire electrical discharge machines, and other machine tools. They may also use a variety of hand tools and power tools.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure extended periods of standing and performing repetitious movements is important for machinists and tool and die makers.

Technical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must understand computerized measuring machines and metalworking processes, such as stock removal, chip control, and heat treating and plating.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Polish

  • Croatian

  • Carrier

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Top Manual Machinist Skills

  1. Tolerances
  2. CNC Lathe
  3. Drill Press
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using math and digital vernier calipers.
  • Help operate cnc lathes to turn straight or taper cuts and/or thread female and male threads to specification.
  • Operated horizon and vertical lathes, Commercial drill press and in mills.
  • Operated small and large surface grinders.
  • forward controls) Operate manual knee mill and manual engine lathe Helped with setups and operate machining center

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