See how many of the characteristic below you have!

  • High School Math
    (Algebra, Geometry, Trig)
  •  Computer Skills
    (No mad skills needed. General computer skills get it done
    for design, operation and information logging.)
  •  Ability to Learn by Doing
    (Hands-on learning is the best way to learn.)
  • Personal Responsibility
    (The precision machines can cost $250,000 or more. The
    tools are valuable too. You have to have the ability to
    respect and will to take care of the equipment.)
  • A Commitment to Quality
    (The parts you would be making go into medical devices,
    cars, trucks, airplanes and utilities. Important, right? They
    cannot fail.)
  • Work Ethic
    (Do you show up when you are supposed to? Are you
    reliable? Do you take pride in what you do? If so, check
    this box because you have a great work ethic!)

If you checked the boxes above, you have what it takes to have a career in Precision Machining. Congratulations!

What Does a Precision Machinist Earn?
  • Typical operator and set up operator wages exceed Real Median Personal Income in the United States by over 24%!
  • Real Median Personal Income in the United States 2019 $35,977 ($17.30/hr)
  • PMPA average hourly salary (wage) in 2021*
    All Occupations  |  $44,720 ($21.53/hr).
    2- & 3-Axis CNC Setup/Operators  |  $47,382 ($22.78/hr)
    Setup/Programmer  |  $59,592 ($28.65/hr)

*These wages do not include 401(k) , health Insurance, profit sharing or other employee benefit programs.


Precision Machining Careers

Entry-Level Careers

(with minimal certification)
  • Press Operator
  • Machinist
  • Material Handler
  • Maintenance Assistance
  • Setup Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • Millwright
  • Assembly Operator


Technical Careers 

(with advanced certification, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship)
  • Engineering Technician
  • CAD Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Quality Technician
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Robotics Programmer
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Electro Mechanical Technician
  • Industrial Sales


Professional Careers

(with bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or specialized training & experience)
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Assembly Supervisor
  • Plant Engineer