Consider a career in precision machining! Precision machinists make the components that are critical to todays technologies. Skilled production workers are in high demand in our industry, 140,000 machinists are currently working according to the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics's latest figures project growth in jobs of 19% from 2010 to 2020 due to reshoring of jobs formerly run overseas and baby boomer retirements. Median Pay for CNC programmers is $22.07 per hour, that’s $7.00 more per hour than median for metal and plastic machine operators. Opportunities for advancement include supervisory, programming, set up, maintenance engineering and quality. Average Hours of first shift scheduled are usually above 40 per week in our industry.

What does it take to get the best opportunities in precision machining? Solid math skills. NAM/NIMS recognized certifications or Certificates from accredited schools for operations. Two Year associate degree in manufacturing. These can assure you he best prospects for a career in Precision machining. Use the links below to explore your future as a precision machinist. (you can hide the links I just wanted to be sure we knew where the info came from.

Why You Should Reconsider College as an Investment

Focus On Your Future in the Precision Machined Products Industry

Career in the Precision Machining Industry: What's In It for You?

 National Institute for Metalworking Skills Website

Skill standards for the metalworking industry have been developed and guided by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. NIMS is a not-for-profit organization and was incorporated as a 501.C.# educational foundation in July 1995. It was formed by a consortium of trade associations, including PMPA, and labor organizations to do the following:

  • Develop and maintain skill standards;
  • Develop and implement a credentialing program for individuals;
  • Develop and implement a quality assurance approach for certifying training programs; and
  • Assist states, communities, and companies in implementing the standards as well as credentialling and program certification.

Check out the NIMS site for more information on the Skill Standards.