Machinists use machine tools that are either conventionally controlled or computer numerically controlled, such as lathes, milling machines and grinders, to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. The parts that machinists make range from simple bolts of steel or brass to titanium bone screws for orthopedic implants. Hydraulic parts, anti-lock brakes and automobile pistons are other widely known products that machinists make.

Special Requirements

Workers must wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to dampen the noise produced by the machinery.

Information Unique to the Training


Courses to Complete

  • Prerequisites
  • Core Courses
    VOC-505 Measurement, Materials and Safety
    VOC-506 Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
    VOC-507 Manual Mill
    VOC-508 Manual Lathe

Approximate Number of Hours

320 hours

Approximate Training Cost*


Licensure/Certification Earned

NIMS Machining Level I - Measurement, Materials and Safety
NIMS Machining Level I - Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout
NIMS Machining Level I - Manual Milling
NIMS Machining Level I - Manual Turning Between Centers

Related Continuing Education Courses

NIMS Machining Level II CNC Turning Skills
NIMS Machining Level II CNC Milling Skills

Estimated Hourly Wage**



*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 


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