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Machine Tool Technology Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship

A machinist sets up and operates a variety of computer numerically controlled (CNC) and mechanically-controlled machine tools.

Duties include:  

  • Working from blueprints, sketches or computer-aided design (CAD) files

  • Setting up, operating and disassembling manual, automatic and CNC machine tools

  • Turning, milling, drilling, shaping and grinding machine parts to specifications

  • Measuring, examining and testing completed products for defects

  • Smoothing the surfaces of parts or products

  • Presenting finished work pieces to customers and making modifications

Machinists are “the sculptors of the modern age,” producing precision metal parts such as bolts, anti-lock brakes and even bone screws for orthopedic implants. They can work in the aerospace, automotive and medical industries.

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