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MACHINIST/INSTRUCTOR: Did His Apprenticeship Working On A Nuclear Submarine

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Louis is a career Machinist who now teaches machine technology at Laney College. He trains students in both them manufacturing and the industrial repair areas. Louis studied sociology in college, but jobs at that time were scarce; so he decided to go into manufacturing and discovered that he loved the work.

Degree: Sociology
Job Title: Machinist/Instructor
Employer: Laney College

Job Summary: Machinists

Job Description

Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Completing a recognized certification program provides machinists and tool and die makers with better job opportunities and helps employers judge the abilities of new hires. Journey-level certification is available from state apprenticeship boards after completing an apprenticeship. Many employers recognize this certification, and it often leads to better job opportunities.

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Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='12390'>waste water,</span> <span m='13000'>refineries,</span> <span m='13800'>major</span> <span m='14130'>industrial</span> <span m='14650'>companies.</span> </p><p><span m='15930'>As a</span> <span m='17000'>machinist,</span> <span m='17460'>it</span> <span m='17530'>depends</span> <span m='17860'>whether</span> <span m='18180'>I'm</span> <span m='18660'>working</span> <span m='19020'>in</span> <span m='19130'>a</span> <span m='19170'>manufacturing</span> <span m='19870'>environment,</span> <span m='20760'>where</span> <span m='20890'>we're</span> <span m='21210'>essentially</span> <span m='21670'>taking</span> <span m='22020'>raw</span> <span m='22220'>material</span> <span m='22890'>and</span> <span m='23030'>turning</span> <span m='23280'>that</span> <span m='23470'>into</span> <span m='23660'>parts.</span> <span m='24620'>And</span> <span m='24810'>then</span> <span m='25140'>it's</span> <span m='25300'>either</span> <span m='25490'>going</span> <span m='25610'>to</span> <span m='25650'>go</span> <span m='25890'>into an</span> <span m='26050'>assembly</span> <span m='26480'>made</span> <span m='26770'>by</span> <span m='26950'>that</span> <span m='27150'>company,</span> <span m='27540'>or</span> <span m='29210'>parts</span> <span m='29480'>are</span> <span m='29540'>made</span> <span m='29750'>for</span> <span m='29860'>another</span> <span m='30110'>company</span> <span m='30400'>that</span> <span m='30500'>is</span> <span m='30730'>going to</span> <span m='30790'>assemble</span> <span m='31150'>that</span> <span m='31370'>into</span> <span m='31620'>an</span> <span m='31910'>overall</span> <span m='32330'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='33310'>If</span> <span m='33490'>I'm</span> <span m='33700'>on</span> <span m='33820'>the</span> <span m='33930'>industrial</span> <span m='34350'>maintenance</span> <span m='34520'>side,</span> <span m='35850'>I'm</span> <span m='36190'>taking</span> <span m='36760'>equipment</span> <span m='37530'>that</span> <span m='38670'>needs</span> <span m='38890'>repair,</span> <span m='40050'>breaking</span> <span m='40290'>it</span> <span m='40460'>down,</span> <span m='40840'>determining</span> <span m='41150'>what</span> <span m='41460'>needs</span> <span m='41660'>repair.</span> <span m='42350'>Either</span> <span m='42780'>making</span> <span m='43050'>new</span> <span m='43200'>parts</span> <span m='43550'>or</span> <span m='43860'>re-machining</span> <span m='44360'>the</span> <span m='44700'>existing</span> <span m='45120'>parts</span> <span m='45500'>so that</span> <span m='45680'>everything's</span> <span m='46150'>working,</span> <span m='46530'>it's</span> <span m='46720'>good</span> <span m='47440'>as new.</span> </p><p><span m='47960'>Originally,</span> <span m='48950'>I</span> <span m='49120'>have a</span> <span m='49550'>four-year</span> <span m='49690'>degree</span> <span m='50530'>in</span> <span m='50800'>sociology</span> <span m='51620'>and</span> <span m='51710'>I</span> <span m='51760'>was</span> <span m='51920'>going</span> <span m='52020'>to</span> <span m='52060'>be</span> <span m='52150'>a</span> <span m='52190'>teacher.</span> <span m='53100'>And</span> <span m='53600'>they</span> <span m='53700'>weren't</span> <span m='54420'>hiring</span> <span m='54750'>teachers</span> <span m='55120'>at that</span> <span m='55340'>point,</span> <span m='55830'>so I</span> <span m='55920'>went</span> <span m='56250'>into</span> <span m='56550'>manufacturing</span> <span m='57320'>and</span> <span m='57390'>found</span> <span m='57640'>out</span> <span m='57990'>I</span> <span m='58130'>enjoyed</span> <span m='58540'>that.</span> <span m='59950'>I</span> <span m='60150'>saw</span> <span m='60430'>the</span> <span m='61040'>skilled</span> <span m='61440'>machinists</span> <span m='61940'>had</span> <span m='62200'>the</span> <span m='62260'>most</span> <span m='62530'>interesting</span> <span m='63000'>work,</span> <span m='63250'>and</span> <span m='63400'>so</span> <span m='63560'>I</span> <span m='63640'>started</span> <span m='64000'>doing</span> <span m='64209'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='64959'>I</span> <span m='65030'>got</span> <span m='65200'>my</span> <span m='65330'>formal</span> <span m='65680'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='66280'>working</span> <span m='66580'>on</span> <span m='66680'>nuclear</span> <span m='66990'>submarines,</span> <span m='67580'>repairing</span> <span m='68090'>nuclear submarines.</span> <span m='69460'>And</span> <span m='69710'>then</span> <span m='70010'>I</span> <span m='70390'>ended up back</span> <span m='70640'>in</span> <span m='70730'>education,</span> <span m='71270'>being</span> <span m='71490'>a</span> <span m='71550'>teacher</span> <span m='72000'>teaching</span> <span m='72350'>manufacturing.</span> <span m='73980'>I</span> <span m='74110'>think</span> <span m='74610'>the</span> <span m='74720'>most</span> <span m='75000'>important</span> <span m='75400'>thing</span> <span m='75730'>to</span> <span 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