What do they do?

Machinists make metal parts using a range of traditional methods and high-tech equipment. Machinists are able to manufacture precision componentry by engineering various materials using a wide range of machining and hand processes; in both large and small volumes.

A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Each day can be quite different; machining work is varied and can include making and assembling metal parts.

Using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, you could be making componentry in bulk or making small quantities of unique or special parts.

 

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Sound like you?

  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management.
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers.
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Different places from time to time.

Pathway

Unit standards in schools

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English

Gateway programme available

Apprenticeship

  • Machining Engineer
  • Fitting and Assembly Work
  • Machine Shop
  • Fitter and Turner
  • CNC Programmer/Operator
  • Manufacturing Engineer

Higher learning

  • Specialist Engineer
  • Engineering Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner