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Career Area: Manufacturing
Apprenticeship
Program Number: 50-420-2
Credit Program
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Machinist Careers

Average Median Wage

$54985

Description

Machinists are skilled workers who can transform a block of metal into an intricate part such as a gear or piston that meets precise specification. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Many machines are computer numerically controlled (CNC), which means the machinist uses computers to direct the machine's operations.

Details and Requirements

  • 4-year training program
  • 7,568 hours on-the-job training
  • 432 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • The apprentice will learn the theory and skills to operate all the basic machinery found in a well-equipped machine shop, including lathes, drilling machines, metal cutting saws, vertical and horizontal milling machines and surface and cylindrical grinders.

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Wisconsin Technical College Machinist Programs