Ever thought about turning that mechanical talent into a career? Today’s advanced manufacturing businesses are looking for people with a special talent when it comes to tools, machines and the mechanical process. It takes skill and expertise to operate some of the most advanced equipment in the industry; the key to developing these skills is technical training with an emphasis on hands-on machine-tool experience.
Manufacturing machining technicians have knowledge of the working properties of metals as well as skill with machine tools. They plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications. Technological advances in computerization and automation have drastically changed personnel needs in the manufacturing sector. Continuous training, retraining and upgrading is critical to remain current with the technology and changing manufacturing concepts.
With the development of advanced technical systems emerges a variety of specialized career paths, from Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operators to highly skilled tool and die makers. A typical day might include setting up lathes, grinders and computer-controlled machines. Using micrometers, dial indicators, optical comparators and other gauges, technicians are responsible for precision measurements of the parts made on those machines. With additional training and experience, machinists can move into supervisory, training, quality control or tool designer positions.