As an initial impression, one can envision the machinist operating beside a hardware tool to produce and cut materials into its expected results. In a way, a machinist is no different than a traditional potter, taking away the excess clay to produce the required specifications of the company/client. However, this is not always the case as many industries today utilize CNC or computer numerically controlled machines.
Here are the following skills any one should have in order to become an effective machinist:
- The machinist should have the tolerance to produce and gather engineering parts made from a variety of materials, to within size distinctions of only a few hundredths of a millimeter.
- The machinist must also be proficient in handling the current and latest tools at his disposal, from hand and measuring paraphernalia to machine tools. In addition to this, he must have the knowledge about and experience with metalforming, machining, machine building, machine maintenance, stamping, screw machining, laser cutting and other specific skills important for a machinist.
Computerized Numerically Controlled, or CNC, machines are basically milling machines that are digitally automated. These machines are quite popular nowadays because of their ability to reduce time and manpower, while significantly increasing the quality of production. However, these types of machines still require the oversight of the machinist in making sure that everything is in tip-tip working condition.
- The machinist must have a keen eye for interpreting 2-D engineering illustrations/blueprints of engineering components or machines. He must also plan and economically complete the manufacture of the components utilizing the available time and equipment.
In addition to this, the machinist needs to know how to properly set schedules and priorities, formulate procedures and create a 3-D mental image prior to the manufacturing of the product. Planning ahead is a great advantage for any machinist who wants to do an excellent job.
- The machinist must also pay careful attention to examining errors in current or recently manufactured components or equipment. In addition, these faults need to be corrected so that the component can be used right away.
- Most of all, a good machinist must have a high level of craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is the sum of all the skills that is mentioned. A machinist should always find ways to create an economical, safe and effective ways to enhance the productivity of the company.