Machining is the process of using various tools and machines to create different metal parts, which may be used as components for a new product, or as replacements for broken down or worn out parts. Professionals in this industry need training in such fields as geometry, engineering, and metalworking. The most qualified machinists would also have accumulated on-the-job knowledge and skills. Some of a machinist’s jobs include:
Knowing the right materials – Selecting the appropriate metal for a project is a basic task for a machinist. Some metals may be appropriate for one product, but not necessarily for another. Someone with engineering knowledge can match the best material for a part.
Knowing where to start – Machining is all about accuracy and precision. A piece of metal incorrectly cut is a resource already wasted. Machinists study the parts that need to be worked on, and often start with the simplest processes, working their way to completion.
Preparedness – Certain tools can only cut certain materials. Most machining companies are well equipped to handle any material for a wide range of projects. These companies’ employees would also be well versed on the requirements for each job, and would have the right knowledge and skills in operating the machines and equipment needed for a job. This know-how also allows machinists to participate in the maintenance of the apparatus and materials they work with.