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How To Become a Machinist



If you’re reading this, chances are you have a vested interest in machining or the machine shop world on some level. Perhaps you are an associate, a customer, an employee or perhaps you’re simply someone trying to find the path to a career.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thorough 2028, there will be close to 10,000 vacant jobs in the machinist trade. This doesn’t account for new positions being created, this is simply the number of positions left open by a retiring generation. In our last two posts we discussed the benefits of trade school and a career in the trades - now it’s time to cover how to begin a career as a machinist!


Steps To Becoming a Machinist


Finish High School

Before you can even consider a career as a machinist you need to complete high school. Whether that means completing the classes you are already enrolled in at a brick and mortar high-school, completing a home-school program, enrolling in online courses or through a GED program, you must obtain your high school diploma. If you are an adult who is looking to complete this part of their education, the National External Diploma Program is a fantastic option. This program takes into account life experience and employment as part of the protocol to obtain a high school diploma.


Enroll In School

Whether you attend community college or find a trade school that offers machinist certification near you, most manufacturing and machine shops require some level of formal training. Many of the programs geared towards tradespeople offer flexibility, including night and weekend courses, allowing for employment outside of the educational setting.


Find An Apprenticeship Program

If you would prefer not to formally enroll in school many manufacturers and machine shops offer apprenticeship programs. An apprenticeship program can take several years - however, these are typically paid positions. You will receive on the job training while working as a paid employee, as well as instruction in community college or vocational school courses for any additional education you may need. Getting paid while you learn? Now that's an education!


Now that you know how to become a machinist, what’s stopping you?


Until next time, we’ve enjoyed talking shop with you.

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