Machinist (Metal)

Metal Machinists install metal parts, set up and operate machining tools to form metal stock and mouldings. They should have strong hand-eye coordination and be able to operate hazardous machinery while adhering to health and safety standards.

Duties and tasks

  • Assemble contrived metal parts and products and sub-assemblies to yield machinery and equipment
  • Evaluate blueprints and specifications to set up proper materials, series of operations and settings on machines
  • Operate textile machines to sew, spin and weave fabric by setting pattern apparatuses into machines
  • Perform inspections and maintenance on machines and repair or replace faulty parts
  • Program machining tools to specifications, stops and controls, and set up cutting and shaping tools and moulds into presses and machines
  • Use machining tools to cut, press, grind and drill metal into fine frameworks and castings as well as hydraulic and inflated pipes and lines
  • Use precise measuring tools to examine contrived and assembled metal parts for accuracy

Skills required

  • Ability to Adhere to Strong Health and Safety Standards
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Hand Eye Coordination
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Metal Machinists typically work Mondays through Fridays, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to complete orders and deadlines. They typically work in machine shops or factories with a variety of large tools and equipment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union 

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

Master Builders Association 

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