It’s a simple fact that engines and machines sometimes break down; Army engines and machines aren’t any different. Broken parts have to be repaired or new ones must be made and it’s up to the Machinist to handle this. The Machinist is primarily responsible for supervising and performing the fabrication, repair and modification of metallic and nonmetallic parts. They operate lathes, drill presses, grinders and other machine shop equipment.
Some of your duties as a Machinist may include:
Fabricate, repair, and modify metallic and nonmetallic parts
Utilize such machines as engine lathes, utility grinders, power cutoff saws, armature under cutters, and arbor
Utilize hydraulic presses, drill presses and their associated attachments, accessories and tools
Job training for a Machinist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in machine operation. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Machine types and uses
Machine setup and operation
Use of different metals
Advanced level Machinists provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Machinist, you may be involved in:
Perform duties in preceding skill level
Provide technical guidance to soldiers in the accomplishment of their duties
Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as a Machinist will help prepare you for a future with civilian factories and repair shops in many industries, including the electrical product, automotive, and heavy machinery industries.
Related Army Positions
Metal Worker (91W)