Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $40,610.00
Average Time to Fill 51 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 21,708
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 10.32 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up computer numerical control machines
Set-up specialized rigging
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Set-up welding equipment
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Fabricate components for precision instruments
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment
Install mechanical equipment, components, or systems
Assemble equipment or components
Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Construct electrical parts or fixtures
Carve objects from steel, precious metal, or other related materials
Weld metal parts and components
Weld metal structures
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Process metals using power or hand tools

Controlling Machines and Processes

Fabricate printing plates
Perform machining operations
Fabricate sheet metal parts or items
Operate precision test equipment
Operate variety of machine tools
Operate industrial testing equipment
Implement robotics systems
Operate pneumatic tools
Operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment
Operate sheet metal fabrication machines
Fabricate products or components using machine tools
Operate power or hand tools in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Operate cutting machinery or equipment
Operate lathes in accordance with safety regulations
Operate crushing or grinding machine

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
Predictive / Preventative Maintenance
Heavy Machinery Industry Knowledge
CNC Mill

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