Metal Machinist (First Class)

Metal Machinists (First Class) set up and operate machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.
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    Overview

    Metal Machinists (First Class) set up and operate machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.

    Day-to-day

    • studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings
    • fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment
    • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
    • setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses
    • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
    • cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
    • diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment
    • may erect machines and equipment on-site.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding

    To become a Metal Machinist (First Class)

    • You need extensive experience, or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Metal Machinist (First Class). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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