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5 Reasons To Choose A Career in Precision Machining

Posted by Bert Maes on December 17, 2009

Precision machinists make the things that make today’s quality of life technologies go. And stop. Anti lock brakes – we make them. Airbag parts.  Bonescrews and medical implants too.

Here are 5 reasons to choose a career in precision machining:

Ready employment. Even at the bottom of this last recession, there were openings for precision machinists advertised in the major newspapers around the country. Our parts are indispensable. So are our skilled machinists.

Great work. Our work is challenging, satisfying, and technical. At the end of the day, you can see the results of your skill and effort. Lives that will be saved. Cars that will run.

Great Wages and Benefits. We don’t know what the Obama administration has in mind for the benefits side of the equation, but set up machinist and toolmakers  wages are on par with the wages that a business major might earn after a 4 or 5 year bachelors degree program.

Great life. How many fields do you know of where the people don’t have some  worry about the future, and their place in it? Low cost competition from China and India has not killed our industry. We continue to make the high precision, high value added parts that make a difference in people’s lives, everyday.

Great values. Today shops are managed by international environmental management systems like ISO 14001 and international quality standards like ISO/TS 16949. We are sustainable, lean, just in time, and environmentally sustainable companies that make a difference.  Making high value high precision parts. You can too.


2 Responses to “5 Reasons To Choose A Career in Precision Machining”

  1. Tasneem R said

    Hi ..I did not know much about the prospects of being machinist but now I know something ! Thanks to you !
    Well choosing the right career is very difficult and challenging for students these days and such educational posts really is what I always look for .. 🙂

    Discover your Career Skills –

    • Bert Maes said

      Thanks Tasneem R.
      Glad you find my posts informative and interesting.

      About the career choice, professor said to me once: “Before kids choose their school or field of education, they first have to check the kind of jobs that are available”. Precision machinists are invisible – It’s like bacteria helping trees to survive, or plankton helping us to breath oxygen: specialists in CNC machines help to create ALL products we know.


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