The CNC precision machining industry requires highly skilled operators who make metal parts using machinery. And the very best machinists out there can make just about anything with metal, sometimes freehand, but most often by following blueprints, sketches, or specific dimensions. Learn more about precision machining and the skill sets required to excel in this career choice.

Career Examples
  • Precision instrument repairer
  • Mold maker
  • Die maker
  • Machine repair technician
  • CNC machinist
Salary Information

As of May 2012, the median annual wage for machinists was $40,910.

Keys to Succeeding
  • Understanding of blueprints, models, and specifications
  • Manual dexterity for accuracy
  • Math and computer skills for working with CAD and CAM technology
  • Mechanical skills
  • Physical stamina for long periods of standing
  • Understanding of computerized measuring machines and metalworking processes