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Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.

About the test

The HR Avatar Machinist Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Machinist test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:51-4041.00
Simulation Context:General Hourly
O*Net Context:Production
Price:40 Credits (Add 5 credits for online proctoring if used)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$25,900 or less
Bottom 25%:
$32,710 or less
$41,700 (Average)
Top 25%:
$52,190 or more
Top 10%:
$62,590 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$12.45 or less
Bottom 25%:
$15.72 or less
$20.05 (Average)
Top 25%:
$25.09 or more
Top 10%:
$30.09 or more

US Employment Statistics
2026 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:40,700

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • English Language
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
Top Skills
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Active Listening
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Control Precision
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Near Vision
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Visualization
  • Selective Attention
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Aircraft Machinist, Auto Machinist, Automotive Machinist, Automotive Machinist Apprentice, Bench Hand, Carbide Operator, CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), Conventional Machinist, Deck Engineer, Development Mechanic, Electrical Experimental Mechanic, Electrical Instrument Maker, Electrical Machinist, Experimental Machinist, Experimental Mechanic, Fitter, Fixture Maker, Fluid-Power Mechanic, Four-Slide Operator, Gear Machinist, Geothermal Heat Pump Machinist, Head Machinist, Hydroelectric Component Machinist, Instrument Maker, Instrument Maker and Repairer, Instrument Maker Apprentice, Jobber, Journeyman Machinist, Laboratory Machinist, Lathe Machinist, Machine Fitter, Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Machine Set-Up, Machine Setter, Machine Setup Operator, Machinist, Machinist A, Machinist Apprentice, Machinist Class B, Machinist Mate, Machinist Tool and Die, Machinist-Set-Up, Machinist/Machine Builder, Maintenance Machinist, Maintenance Specialist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Manual Machinist, Master Machinist, Mechanical Laboratory Technician, Mechanist, Metal Machinist, NC Machinist, Outside Machinist, Outside Machinist Apprentice, Precision Instrument Maker, Precision Machine Operator, Precision Machinist, Printing Press Machinist, Production Machinist, Rocket Motor Mechanic, Secondary Set-Up Man, Senior Maintenance Machinist, Set-Up Machinist, Set-Up Operator, Test Technician, Thermometer Maker, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool Machinist, Tool Room Machinist, Toolroom Machinist, Trouble Shooter, Turret Lathe Machinist, Utility Operator, Wind Turbine Machinist

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Correctly fill out a time-sheet.
  • Estimate monthly wages.
  • Understand company guidelines regarding working hours.
  • Review and explain company policies to colleagues who are unclear about the policy.
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