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Machinist (Short)


Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. 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.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - use precision measuring tools or equipment
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools.
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.

About the test (Full Version)

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
  • Memory / Attention to Detail / Logic & Reasoning
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Basic Physics
  • Circuits
  • Gears and Pulleys
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Tools
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reliability
  • Service Orientation
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

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:Basic Service Worker
O*Net Context:Production
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$29,240 or less
Bottom 25%:
$35,900 or less
$45,840 (Average)
Top 25%:
$57,930 or more
Top 10%:
$69,050 or more

Hourly US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$14.06 or less
Bottom 25%:
$17.26 or less
$22.04 (Average)
Top 25%:
$27.85 or more
Top 10%:
$33.20 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:41,200

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Design
Top Skills
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Troubleshooting
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Coordination
  • Speaking
Top Abilities
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Control Precision
  • Selective Attention
  • Near Vision
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 3 Months:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 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, Carbide Operator, CNC Lathe Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Lathe Machinist), CNC Lathe Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerical Control Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), CNC Mill Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Mill Machinist), CNC Mill Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Mill Machinist), Conventional Machinist, Development Mechanic, Electrical Experimental Mechanic, Electrical Instrument Maker, Electrical Machinist, Experimental Machinist, Experimental Mechanic, Fixture Maker, Fluid-Power Mechanic, Four-Slide Operator, Gear Machinist, Geothermal Heat Pump Machinist, Hydroelectric Component Machinist, Instrument Maker, Jobber, Laboratory Machinist (Lab Machinist), Lathe Machinist, Machine Fitter, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Manual Machinist, Mechanist, Metal Machinist, Outside Machinist, Precision Instrument Maker, Precision Machinist, Printing Press Machinist, Production Machinist, Thermometer Maker, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool Machinist, Tool Room Machinist, Toolroom Machinist, Turret Lathe Machinist, Wind Turbine Machinist

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic, Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, Model Makers, Metal and Plastic, Tool and Die Makers, Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators, Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters, Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers, Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers, Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing, Carpenters, Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders, Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation, Brickmasons and Blockmasons, Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment, Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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