Even though the employment opportunities for machinists are slowly waning, job prospects remains satisfactory. For the 2008-18 decade, the employment of machinists is expected to decrease by 5%, all because of the increase in productivity of workers and the firm competition in goods production.
Machinists have grown to be more effective in their work as an outcome of the widened use of the latest technologies like Autoloaders and Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines. Though this may not be the sole reason for the reduction of machinist’ demands, employers have come to recognize the machinists who are more up-to-date with the latest technologies.
Some of the budding candidates qualified for such roles will opt to go to college or not want to work in production. Adding the possibility of retirement and transfers, there will probably be fewer certified machinists than there are a number of positions presented.
One thing is certain for machinists, though; as long as there are companies that are in need of operators of CNC machines, trade students training in the area ought to familiarize themselves with the most recent CNC technology. No matter how efficient the automated machines’ performance is, it is still dependent when it comes to maintenance and stability for long term usage, until such time that the company is ready to purchase higher performing machines.
Another positive outlook for employers in the future has something to do with the quality of employees applying for the position. There will definitely be a healthy competition among students who are trained in vocational/trade schools, and this will encourage them to work hard in order to gain employers’ attention during the hiring process. This is actually a win-win situation for both employer and the job hunters who are pinning their hopes on building a career as a machinist.
For self-taught trainees of the technological vocation, the National Institute for Metalworking skills should at least help in facilitating learning and mastery of the four categories of metalworking classified as machining; machine building and maintenance; metal forming; and tool, die, and moldmaking.
To get more ideas and insights for budding machinists, read the article “5 Essential Skills of an Effective Machinist.”