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+ Machinists Job Description
Machinists make things. They mount steel billets, brass rods, and other metal stock onto lathes, drill presses, and milling machines and use their skills and tools to shape them into a part that will be used in some other machine. Some machinists produce large quantities of a single part, but most produce small numbers of one-of-a-kind components. Every job is unique, requiring the machinist to draw on his or her knowledge of different metals and how they behave when shaped > view more

+ Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Computer Numerically Controlled—or “CNC” (Narrator, pronounced: “see-en-see”)—machines are industrial robots that drill, grind, punch, extrude, or mill plastic or metal stock into parts for home appliances, industrial equipment, and many other products. The machines are very fast, very efficient, and very accurate. But they are useless without skilled numerical control machine operators. Human beings must set up every machine, making sure that the various bits, bores, and other tool heads are sharp and racked where the machine expects them to be > view more

+ Tool and Die Makers Job Description
If it weren’t for tool and die makers, there would be no manufactured goods. That’s because there’d be no one to make the molds that shape the plastic...or the tools that make other tools...or the dies used to stamp out parts. Tool and die makers decide on the best way to shape a piece of metal to the specifications of an engineer’s blueprint. They operate many different machines to cut, bore, mill, grind, and polish the finished piece to a precision 40 times smaller than a human hair! Typically, one worker creates a single device, from start to finish > view more

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