Machinist Job Descriptions

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Job Title: Machinist

Job Summary: We are seeking a skilled Machinist to operate a variety of machines to perform precision machining operations. The ideal candidate will have experience with manual and CNC machines, as well as the ability to read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints.


  • Set up and operate manual and CNC machines to perform precision machining operations
  • Read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints to determine machining requirements
  • Select and install tooling and fixtures to ensure proper alignment and positioning of workpiece
  • Monitor machine operation and adjust settings as necessary to ensure quality and accuracy of finished product
  • Perform routine maintenance on machines to ensure optimal performance
  • Inspect finished product to ensure compliance with specifications and quality standards
  • Collaborate with other team members to identify and implement process improvements


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of a machinist apprenticeship program or equivalent experience
  • Experience with manual and CNC machines
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work with precision
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a noisy environment

Work Environment:

  • Manufacturing facility
  • Exposure to machinery, noise, and dust
  • May be required to work overtime or weekends as needed

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Machinist

What is the best way to find and hire a Machinist near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Machinist applicants. Employers posting their Machinist job on Indeed get about 16 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Machinist applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Machinist are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 13 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 5 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Machinist positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Machinist role?
SMS has 80% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Machinist job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Machinists are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 193% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Machinist applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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