William shares his story about being a Tugboat Mechanic, describing the functions of the units he repairs and how he goes about diagnosing mechanical problems. William started as a mechanic in his father's auto body shop, where he built his first engine and painted his first car at the age of 13. He advices: you've got to love what you do; and if you want to be a mechanic, you have to work hard at it and keep with it, because good mechanics are a rarity.
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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