Sets up and operates a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Calculates dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
- Machines parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
- Sets up, adjusts, or operates basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
- Aligns and secures holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
- Measures, examines, or tests completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
- Monitors the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
- Maintains machine tools in proper operational condition.
- Studies sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.
- Operates equipment to verify operational efficiency.
- Checks work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.