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Top 50 Prototype Machinist Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Prototype Machinist. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Prototype Machinist resumes they appeared on. For example, 16.2% of Prototype Machinist resumes contained Lathe Machines as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Prototype Machinist actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Prototype Machinist:

1. Lathe Machines

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Here's how Lathe Machines is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • run cnc mill and lathe machines per manufacturing instructions in proto type dept.

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2. CNC

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Here's how CNC is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Worked in improving the machining process by modifying tooling and the machining process for the CNC lathe and CNC mills sequences.
  • Work with Engineering on a daily basis to create or modify tooling and fixtures using manual and CNC equipment.
  • Operated metalworking machine Bridgeport with ProtoTrak controller, various CNC saws, sanders, grinders etc.
  • Programmed and operated CNC lathes, milling machines and 4-axis turning center.
  • Designed and built production support tooling using manual and CNC shop equipment.
  • Set up, operate, and inspect using 3-axis CNC milling machine.
  • Program and operate Cincinnati Arrow 2000 CNC milling machine.
  • Tool maker / CNC fixture maker
  • Produced CNC programs for the CNC Mills and CNC lathes.
  • Program and fabricate spacecraft parts on a Vertical milling center Proficient in use of GIBBS CNC programming software.
  • Program and operate Hurco CNC milling machines.
  • Set up and operate Onsrud CNC Router.
  • Experience in CNC Vertical Mills (Mazak)

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3. Test Procedures

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4. Prototype Parts

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Here's how Prototype Parts is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Produced prototypes to exacting tolerances, from specification analysis through to the finished prototype parts.
  • Machine prototype parts for semiconductor processing equipment.
  • Worked directly with Engineers & Designers to produce quality prototype parts.
  • Read and interpreted blueprints in order to fabricate new prototype parts.
  • Machine prototype parts for tool testing for production.
  • Manufactured prototype parts for satellites and speed trains.
  • Machined prototype parts and helped assemble test fixtures.
  • Design make and repair tooling, run prototype parts
  • Design and build prototype parts for CNG and LPG engines and test them on an in-house engine dyno.
  • Programmed, setup and tended swiss style lathes to create prototype parts to meet customer requirements.
  • work included experimental thermal wells, etc., welding, machining of said prototype parts.

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5. Set-Up

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Here's how Set-Up is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Trained coworkers in set-up, offset adjustment, and general operation of newly processed machines.
  • Preformed set-up, programming, fabrication, and inspections on first run prototypes.
  • Program using MasterCam Purchase all tooling and materials for jobs Set-up and operate Mazak VMC 5 axis programming
  • Programmed and set-up on a Heidenhain TN6151 conversational control Bridgeport Interact I milling center.
  • Program, set-up and operate machines at both the protype and production levels.

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6. Machine Shop

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Here's how Machine Shop is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Promoted from Machine Operator 1 to Machine Shop Apprentice followed by final promotion to Prototype Machinist 1.
  • Managed all aspects of the machine shop including purchasing tools, equipment maintenance, and scheduling.
  • Maintained and set up raw material inventory and tooling for the machine shop.
  • Assisted engineering students in preparing design project drawings for machine shop production.
  • Instructed faculty and students in general machine shop practices.
  • Operate all machines in the machine shop.

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7. Aerospace

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Here's how Aerospace is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Fabricate prototype aerospace/defense parts to prints.
  • Planned jobs, programmed and operated CNC mills/lathes to make high-end aerospace devices and instruments such as 'Deep Impact'.
  • Machined components start to finish for aerospace projects.
  • Programmed with GibbsCam Accomplishments specialized in exotic materials mostly aerospace work
  • machine work) Manufactured parts for Spin-flow Canning machines, aerospace and the printing industries.

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8. Mastercam

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Here's how Mastercam is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Used MasterCAM software for the manufacture of precision components.
  • Programmed and machined prototype and production run medical instruments using Mastercam software.
  • Programmed machines using MasterCam and mazatrol.
  • Used MasterCAM software to machine parts on CNC lathe and 4 axis CNC mill.
  • Programmed all of my own parts using Mastercam X7.
  • Programed parts using MasterCam, SolidWorks.
  • Program jobs with Mastercam X6.

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9. Haas

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Here's how Haas is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Program CNC Haas Mills w/indexer.
  • Set up and Operated Haas mills+lathes and Mazak lathes.
  • Operate CNC mill: Haas VF3, EC 500, Matsauura RA 3F & 4F

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10. Aluminum

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Here's how Aluminum is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Machined materials such as aluminum.
  • Major materials: 304 stainless, Titanium, Aluminum, Exotics and Alloy steels.

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11. Conventional Machines

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12. Surface Grinders

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Here's how Surface Grinders is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Set up and operated production machinery including punch presses, lathes mills and surface grinders.

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13. Verbal Instructions

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Here's how Verbal Instructions is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Analyze written specifications, drawings, rough sketches and verbal instructions to plan layout and determine sequence of operations.
  • Worked from prints, sketches, and verbal instructions working with plastics, aluminum, and stainless steel.
  • Work from blueprints, drawings, or verbal instructions using math and basic computer skills.
  • Work from verbal instructions, rough sketches, or blueprints to tolerances of .0002.
  • Manufactured prototype parts working from blueprints, sketches, and verbal instructions.
  • Worked from Blueprints as well as rough sketches and also verbal instructions.
  • Machined high tolerance parts from drawings, sketches and verbal instructions.
  • Machined parts on manual mill using blueprints and verbal instructions.

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14. Cad/Cam

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Here's how Cad/Cam is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Aided in the design and building of fixtures for work holding, using CAD/CAM system and CNC machinery.
  • Programmed CAD/CAM (EZMILL) systems for CNC mills.

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15. R

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Here's how R is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Designed and built scientific testing fixtures for chemical engineers for the purpose of conducting scientific testing and experiments
  • Developed and upgraded blueprints used in the manufacturing of outsourced production components.
  • Developed electrical connector components and test fixtures.
  • Modeled new products such as air cylinders, band cylinders, power valves, and mechanical and hydraulic brakes.
  • Prove out programs, edit code, adjust speed/feed, to further refine and expedite machining processes.
  • Experience machining a wide variety of ferrous, Non ferrous and exotic metals, plastics and ceramics.
  • Operated all shop equipment: mills, lathes, surface grinders, shears and brakes.
  • Expanded upon own tools to ensure timely setups and self inspection of machined parts.
  • Used my knowledge of tooling to create drawings for specific parts.
  • Documented tooling, set up procedures, and work instructions.
  • Worked on the design team to produce prototype motorcycles.
  • Used CAD systems to evaluate parts and tool designs.
  • Designed and built fixtures for part machining setup.
  • Performed first article inspection for short run production.
  • Repaired and maintained CNC Mills and Lathes.
  • Design and fabricate production tools and fixtures.
  • Created programs for complex prototype parts.
  • Press set up and operation.
  • Conducted tooling reviews to assure company standards and best practices were met Provided personal presentation if needed for jobs.
  • Machine maintenance and repair, i.e., hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical.

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16. EDM

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Here's how EDM is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Set up and operate Ram EDM machine and set up and operate TRAK Lathe.
  • Use Esprit Cam software and DP technology to program 4 axis WEDM machines.
  • Set up program with Esprit Cam software and run wire EDM.
  • Run various types of machines such as Wire EDM, 5 axis Hurco VMC, 5 axis Matsaura VMC.

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17. Stainless Steel

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Here's how Stainless Steel is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Manufactured prototype and short-run production parts in 316 and C22 stainless steel, aluminum and plastic.
  • Worked on vertical mill and lathe, mostly with aluminum and some stainless steel.
  • Machine stainless steels, Nickel alloys, copper, glass, and a variety of plastics including Delrin.
  • Worked with various materials including Inconel, Titanium alloys, stainless steel, different types of plastic.

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18. RAN

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Here's how RAN is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Planned arrangement of machines to add to efficient and productive manufacturing.
  • Machine close-tolerance parts working from engineering sketches.
  • Worked in a wide range of materials including stainless steel, plastic, sheet metal, laminates and ceramic.
  • Analyzed blueprints and machined parts from a variety of materials to tolerances as close as 0.0001.
  • Set up and run of high tolerance parts on manual milling machine and manual lathe.
  • Created zero tolerance parts for R&D teams of major oil and gas companies.
  • Manufacture of machine parts from start to finish, holding all tolerances and finishes.
  • Machined and fabricated very close tolerance parts using manual mills, lathes, grinders.
  • Programmed / Set Up / Ran Prototype Parts for The High Tech Industry.
  • Machined high tolerance parts from drawings and sketches for automotive and aerospace.
  • Tour de France, Lotto and 1998 World Olympics racing bicycles.
  • Used overhead cranes and forklifts for assistance as required.
  • Worked to tolerances of plus/minus 5 microns.
  • Needed to fabricate parts to .0001 tolerances.
  • Machined parts within .0005 tolerances or better.
  • Close tolerance fabrication of prototype parts.
  • Machined copper crucibles with tolerances up to +/- .001" used in high temp applications.
  • Work involved tolerances of +.005 on a variety of materials from aluminum to invar.
  • Performed programming, set up and ran the engineering projects on Hurco machine.
  • Process, Program, and Maunfacture custom Aerospace Components -5s project - Continuous improvement -Mentor/Train employees -Rochester to Philadelphia Transition Period-

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19. Engine Parts

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Here's how Engine Parts is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Set up and run manual Mills and lathes, for the manufacturing of racing engine parts and assembly.

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20. Machine Operation

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21. Manual Machines

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Here's how Manual Machines is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Utilized various manual machines and tools to bring parts to customer requirements.
  • Processed prototypes and new production lines parts on various CNC and manual machines ; including factory repairs via nondrawing parts.

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22. Manual Mill

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Here's how Manual Mill is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Set up and programming of CNC machining centers and manual mill and lathe.
  • Included 3 Axis Mills, 2 Axis Lathes, Manual Mills, and Manual Lathes.
  • Machined prototype parts to prints using manual mill, lathe, CNC mill (Dynapath).
  • Programmed, set up and operated Prototrak mills, manual mills, lathes and grinders.
  • Make parts to print * Run manual mills, lathes, and surface grinder.

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23. CMM

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Here's how CMM is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Inspect parts using hand tools as well as CMM, adjust programs based on quality feedback.
  • Maintained documentation and detailed set up charts for CMM.
  • Used CMM machine to inspect first article.
  • Measured parts with traditional devices as well as a manual CMM and comparator.

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24. Final Inspection

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25. ISO

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Here's how ISO is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Isolate, identify, and troubleshoot machining procedures to overcome potentially problematic issues.
  • Adhered to company ISO protocol/procedure, and organizational safety standards each shift
  • Worked with my supervisor, co-workers and engineers on various projects for NASA Aerospace, Military, and Science laboratory projects.
  • Worked closely with engineering staff and production supervisors and finding solutions for all needs of daily operations.
  • Maintained equipment and records in compliance with ISO 9000-9001.
  • Design and machine prototype parts under ISO guidelines.
  • Designed & developed ISO 9001 procedures.
  • Completed daily inspections on all parts, and completed neccessery documentation via ISO standard.
  • Performed internal quality checks to make certain components conform to ISO 9001 requirements.
  • Train and lead lower level Machinist Assist supervisors in manufacturing process planning MACHINIST
  • Excelled in company-sponsored metrology courses and ISO [ ] compliant.
  • Plant Supervisor AS Certification Management Associate training and development Manufacturing Process Development and Improvement

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27. Drill Press

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Here's how Drill Press is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Set up and operate a variety of machines including, lathe, mill, grinder, and drill press.

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28. Jig

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Here's how Jig is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Make experimental jigs and fixtures for various laboratory teams in pharmaceutical research.
  • Job Duties: Produce precision tooling, jigs and fixtures and production for aerospace and other manufactures.
  • Perform a variety of engineering assignments in developing and implementing new equipment, jigs and fixtures design.
  • Performed marching of various dies, jigs, fixtures and specialty high precision parts using C.N.C.
  • Program, setup, and ran machines- made tools, fixtures and jigs as needed.
  • Work directly with engineers, designing & manufacturing complex tooling, jigs & aerospace parts.
  • Worked closely with engineering to design and build tools, jigs and fixtures.
  • Machined parts and designed and machined jigs and fixtures as required.
  • Light drafting and designing of tooling, jigs and fixtures.
  • Machine precision tooling and jigs for CNC production operations.
  • Designed and built jigs and fixtures for welding assemblies.
  • Designed and built various jigs and fixtures.
  • Operated Lathe Operated Jig bores Operated mills and grinders

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29. Laser

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Here's how Laser is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Work included making parts such as laser housings, fast steering mirror mounts for mirrors and optical coating fixtures.
  • Programmed CNC machines and production laser cutters to fabricate prototype parts and helped assemble the mechanical systems.
  • Create and modify fixtures for assembly, inspection, laser-marking, etc.

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30. Fanuc

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Here's how Fanuc is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Program, Setup, and operate Fanuc Oi Wire EDM.

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31. Solid Models

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32. TIG

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Here's how TIG is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Investigated and initiated corrective action of problems and deficiencies to ensure product quality at the manufacturing level.
  • Work with a wide range of materials to tight tolerances, Inspect Tooling and make adjustment then reassemble and test.
  • Created test fixtures for fatigue and stress analysis of parts.
  • Meet tight schedules to meet faster better cheaper goals.

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33. High Tolerance Parts

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34. Fadal

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Here's how Fadal is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Used Fadal CNC with Fanuc controls.

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35. Manual Equipment

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Here's how Manual Equipment is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Used CNC and manual equipment to perform rough and finishing machining.
  • Machined parts using all available CNC Machines, and manual equipment to fill customer orders to specifification.

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36. Production Runs

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Here's how Production Runs is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Document manufacturing processes and challenges for later development of work instructions during production runs.
  • Work directly with the engineer and advise on possible conflicts and assist with resolving design flaws before production runs.
  • Design and fabricate fixtures for prototype runs as well as production runs.

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37. Machine Tools

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Here's how Machine Tools is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Maintained machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Set up and operate machine tools, and fits and assembles parts to fabricate tools, mechanisms, and machines.
  • Fabricated science research apparatuses using precision machine tools, such as vertical milling machines, and horizontal lathes.
  • Machined surgical instruments to engineer specifications using machine tools such as Mazak lathes, mills, and grinders.
  • Process, Program and produce one piece part jobs utilizing Mazak machine tools with conversational M32 controls.

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38. Precision Parts

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Here's how Precision Parts is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Design and fabricate fixtures for CNC and other production machines as well as short run high precision parts.
  • Machine precision parts for Radar and Satellite testing.

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39. GD

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Here's how GD is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Interpreted 2-D dimensional drawings and GDT (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) for machining and inspection requirements.
  • Received prints from day shift designed and machind tooling to form parts to gd&t prints

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40. MIG

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41. Medical Devices

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Here's how Medical Devices is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Designed and manufactured injection molds for newly developed medical devices and tooling utilizing Pro/E and Pro/NC.

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42. High Quality

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Here's how High Quality is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Work with engineers to bring innovative processes for new production of high quality and lower cost to the company.
  • Produced high quality aircraft components for Bell Helicopter and General Dynamics.

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43. New Product Development

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Here's how New Product Development is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Worked directly with engineering in new product development, building and testing products for semi-conductor industry.
  • Worked directly with engineering on new product development.

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44. Inconel

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45. Delrin

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46. Acu-Rite

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Here's how Acu-Rite is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Experience in programmable CNC type- MX2 Proto track, Acu-Rite.

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47. Bridgeports

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48. Complex Parts

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Here's how Complex Parts is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Selected tooling, programmed, set up, ran and troubleshot complex parts prior to production.
  • Experience with complex parts and full multi-axis 4 axis rotary and 5 axis trunnion machining

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49. Hand Tools

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Here's how Hand Tools is used in Prototype Machinist jobs:
  • Used hand tools and measuring instruments.

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20 Most Common Skills For A Prototype Machinist

Lathe Machines

21.1%

CNC

16.6%

Test Procedures

10.5%

Prototype Parts

6.4%

Set-Up

5.2%

Machine Shop

4.9%

Aerospace

4.6%

Mastercam

3.7%

Haas

2.9%

Aluminum

2.8%

Conventional Machines

2.7%

Surface Grinders

2.4%

Verbal Instructions

2.2%

Cad/Cam

2.2%

R

2.1%

EDM

2.0%

Stainless Steel

1.9%

RAN

1.8%

Engine Parts

1.8%

Machine Operation

1.8%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Prototype Machinist

Rank Skill
1 Lathe Machines 16.2%
2 CNC 12.7%
3 Test Procedures 8.0%
4 Prototype Parts 4.9%
5 Set-Up 4.0%
6 Machine Shop 3.8%
7 Aerospace 3.5%
8 Mastercam 2.8%
9 Haas 2.2%
10 Aluminum 2.2%
11 Conventional Machines 2.1%
12 Surface Grinders 1.9%
13 Verbal Instructions 1.7%
14 Cad/Cam 1.7%
15 R 1.6%
16 EDM 1.6%
17 Stainless Steel 1.5%
18 RAN 1.4%
19 Engine Parts 1.4%
20 Machine Operation 1.4%
21 Manual Machines 1.4%
22 Manual Mill 1.4%
23 CMM 1.3%
24 Final Inspection 1.3%
25 ISO 1.2%
26 Titanium 1.0%
27 Drill Press 1.0%
28 Jig 1.0%
29 Laser 1.0%
30 Fanuc 0.9%
31 Solid Models 0.9%
32 TIG 0.8%
33 High Tolerance Parts 0.8%
34 Fadal 0.7%
35 Manual Equipment 0.7%
36 Production Runs 0.7%
37 Machine Tools 0.7%
38 Precision Parts 0.7%
39 GD 0.6%
40 MIG 0.6%
41 Medical Devices 0.6%
42 High Quality 0.5%
43 New Product Development 0.5%
44 Inconel 0.4%
45 Delrin 0.4%
46 Acu-Rite 0.4%
47 Bridgeports 0.4%
48 Complex Parts 0.4%
49 Hand Tools 0.4%
50 Featurecam 0.4%
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