Produce machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. Maintain quality and safety standards, keep records, and maintain equipment and supplies.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Setting up and operating a variety of machine tools, and calculating dimensions to produce mechanical parts and instruments
  • Repairing machine tools or maintaining industrial machines
  • Cutting, shaping, and finishing parts to specifications using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders
  • Keeping track of the progress of people and/or groups in order to make improvements
  • Understanding and following safety procedures

Career Options

Most Machining graduates go to work for manufacturing companies, or in plants or small machine shops. Most machinists work full time in a noisy, high-speed environment. Night or weekend shifts are often required in this industry.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Credentials such as these offer students a competitive edge on positions in manufacturing, production, and metalworking.

Machining Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Organizational skills