Military Machinists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Machinists perform various duties incident to fabrication, repair, or modification of machinery parts. They are experienced machine tool operators who use a variety of equipment and devices, such as lathes, drill presses, grinders, and other machine shop equipment. They may also utilize computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, as well computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) software.

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Work Environment

Machinists work in machine shops, which are often noisy.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Machinists in the Military

2,941

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Salary

Average Salary

$48,685

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 35%
  • Post-secondary certificate 33%
  • Some college 17%
  • Less than high school 13%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Machinists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Machine types and usesMachine setup and operationUses of different metalsSafety proceduresComputer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Production and Processing
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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