Information about how to become a Machinist or Tool and Die Maker:
Are you mechanically inclined and good at making things and repairing stuff? Then maybe you should consider a career as a Machininst. These are good paying jobs that dont require sitting in an office. You actually get to use machine tools to make things. The job involves using a lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, tool grinder and other machines to cut and shape metal. How to get one of the jobs? First you need some training and experience. Machinist training is done in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community colleges or technical colleges, or on the job. To become a fully trained Machinist or Tool and Die Maker takes at least 4 years of technical instruction and on the job training. You will need good math and problem solving skills, and some newer machines use CNC programing which requires some computer skills.
Facts about the Job:
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Die Makers normally perform the following tasks:
Apprentices usually need a high school diploma or GED, and will need algebra and trigonometry classes. During high school, students can prepare for careers in machinery by focusing their studies on subjects such as trigonometry, geometry, metalworking, drawing and computer science. Good math, problem-solving, and computer skills are important. Post secondary degrees are not required, but some form of on the job training is needed. Machinists usually train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, community and technical colleges, or just informally on the job. To become a trained tool and die maker normally requires about at least 4 years of technical instruction plus training on the job.
Formal apprenticeship programs, typically sponsored by a union or manufacturer, are the old way of becoming a machinist or tool and die maker, but these programs are hard to get into if you dont know the right people. Apprenticeship programs will likely include paid shop training and related technical instruction lasting 4 or 5 years. Apprenticeship classes are often taught through a local community college or a vocational–technical school. Although apprenticeship programs may be the preferred way to learn on the job, a large number of machinists and tool and die makers now receive most of their formal technical training from community and technical colleges. These students often learn while employed by a manufacturer that supports the employee's training goals and gives the needed on-the-job training. Apprentices should expect to work 6 to 8 hours per day and attend technical classes at night. Trainees often begin as machine operators and gradually take on more difficult assignments. Machinists and tool and die makers must develop good computer skills to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC Lathes and CNC Milling Machines, and computerized measuring machines (CMM). Many machinists become tool and die makers. Even after completing a formal training program, tool and die makers still need years of experience to become highly skilled enough to make high tolerance dies and molds.
training facilities, state apprenticeship boards, and colleges that offer
certification programs. Completing a recognized certification program
provides machinists and tool and die makers with better job opportunities
and helps employers judge the abilities of new hires. The National Institute
for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials an apprenticeship program brings
national standards and competency based assessments to the U.S. metalworking
industry. To become a NIMS Certified Machinist, Toolmaker, CNC Setup Programmer
or a Certified Journey Worker at any NIMS occupation, the apprentice needs
to earn NIMS Certifications by demonstrating satisfactory performance
in a required number of competencies. The NIMS National Guideline Standards
for Apprenticeship have been certified by the United States Department
of Labor. The NIMS Certified Machinist Apprenticeship Program has 28 required
competencies. To become a NIMS Certified Machinist, the apprentice must
earn 12 NIMS credentials. The credentials require both performance and
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