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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Machinist.pngJob Description
Machinists set up and operate lathes, tool grinders, drills and other machine tools to manufacture metal repair parts and fabricate sheet metal, steel frames and equipment. They do this by interpreting blueprints, engineering drawings, sketches and verbal instructions. Machinists also develop and maintain preventive maintenance procedures, and overhaul equipment. This may involve diagnosing and solving new or unique equipment problems by designing, building and installing equipment improvement prototypes. In analyzing specifications and developing tools, they must have knowledge of metal properties and lathe operation and be able to visualize the finished product.
Working Conditions
Machinists generally work indoors around high-speed cutting tools, moving machinery, metal chips and abrasive dusts. There is frequent contact with grease, oils and solvents. The work can be physically strenuous, with some heavy lifting. Machinists must also be precise, careful and patient to correctly cut, fit and repair all kinds of machinery.
Minimum Qualifications
These programs are only open to employees of training agents registered with local apprenticeship committees.
Apprenticeship Committees  

MA# 1064


Blount Inc Technical JATC

Phone: 503-653-4536

Area 1

MA# 1081


Boeing Portland JATC

Phone: 503-676-1780

Area 1

MA# 1095


Leupold and Stevens of Beaverton JATC

Phone: 503-526-5197

Area 1

MA# 3012


Lane County Indl Maint Mechanic JATC

Phone: 541-344-6473

Area 3

 MA# 7016


Klamath Basin Industrial TATC

Phone: 541-882-3521 x235

Area 7