A machinist is a tradesperson who makes, repairs or operates machines and tools.
Specifically, a machinist can set up and operate precision metal cutting and
grinding machines. These can include lathes, drills, grinders, and milling
machines, among others. This skilled trade involves studying specifications,
drawings and even sample parts; calculating various needs; and setting up and
operating conventional or computerized tools. This can be for repairing parts of
existing machines or using mass production to create new products. A concern for
safety, attention to detail and a commitment to precision are some of the
requirements for a machinist. Even in an age of automation, there is still a
high demand for skilled machinists to be involved in manufacturing, mining and a
wide variety of industries.