Louis, a career Machinist who now teaches machine technology at Laney College, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in the field. It's a terrific, stable, high-paying field with lots of opportunities. Policy-makers have devalued the industry but this is turning around: people are realizing that we need workers with these skills.
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.
Long-term on-the-job training
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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