Career Overview

A machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment. Anthony, the machinist featured in the video, fixes parts for airplanes.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Applicants must then complete an apprenticeship program through a national organization, college, or manufacturing company.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$27,050 /yr
$43,630 /yr
$65,360 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

Machinists may work in the automotive or aviation industry as well as for any manufacturing organization.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada