Career outlook for engineering craft machinist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make metal parts and components for engines, appliances and medical equipment.
You’d follow engineering drawings and instructions. You’d use tools like grinders, millers, cutters, lathes, drills and presses to make the parts.
- Choose and fit the correct machine tool for the job
- Plan the different stages of the job following engineering instructions
- Set the tolerance levels on the machine
- Work out the cutting speeds
- Place a pre-formed 'blank' part in the machine
- Check the progress of the job
- Check the quality of finished items
You’d use your maths skills to work out the cutting speeds taking into account the different strengths and properties of metals. Your work would need to be very accurate.
Increasingly, you are likely to use computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machines for jobs. This involves programming instructions into a panel to control the cutting process.
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