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Engineering Craft Machinist

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Engineering Craft Machinist
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Engineering craft machinists set up and operate a wide range of engineering machines. They use the machines to shape metal, for example, by cutting, grinding and boring.


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Engineering craft machinists work from engineering drawings that give the exact details of the components they need to make. Machinists read the drawings, decide which machinery is needed and prepare the tools for the machines. They use both computer-controlled and hand-controlled machines. Accuracy is essential both in setting up and operating the machines.

Machinists work to very fine tolerances (precise dimensions), for example, skimming 1/100th of a millimetre from a component. Part of the setting up involves calculating machine speeds; it is important for craft machinists to operate machines at the highest speed possible, while maintaining accuracy and quality. Having carefully set up the machine, the craft machinist inspects the first components made. An inspector may need to look at the components before the work can continue.

Throughout production, machinists check for accuracy. This can involve using different types of measuring equipment to make sure dimensions are correct. The work can be noisy and dirty. Engineering craft machinists may need to wear safety clothing such as overalls, protective footwear and eye protectors.

 


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This is a practical job that would suit you if you like machinery and enjoy working with your hands. Mathematical ability is essential because the work involves making accurate calculations, measurements and machine adjustments. You'll need to be able to read and understand engineering drawings, and follow written and verbal instructions, which may be on a computer terminal.

You should be able to understand technical drawings. You also need to have good computer skills and good eye sight. You need to have a methodical approach to your work, and good organisational skills. Patience and accuracy are essential for setting up and operating the machines.

Engineering craft machinists should be able to work well without supervision and also enjoy being part of a team. You will need to develop good hand to eye co-ordination. You'll spend much of your time on your feet, so you should be physically fit.


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