Machining Pathway

Make precision parts using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders using computer-controlled (CNC) machines and manual equipment. Responsibilities include fabricating, modifying or repairing mechanical instruments, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

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Machining Pathway

Make precision parts using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders using computer-controlled (CNC) machines and manual equipment. Responsibilities include fabricating, modifying or repairing mechanical instruments, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

(Certified) Production Technician

Machine Operator (Manual)

Machine Operator (CNC)

Machinist 1 (Entry-Level)

Machinist 2 (Advanced)

Team Lead

Engineering Technologist

CNC Programmer

Machine Shop Supervisor

Manufacturing Engineer

(Certified) Production Technician:

Education & Training

High School Diploma/GED, some technical training
Manufacturing Foundations Certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

OMJ Readiness Seal
OSHA 10
MSSC CPT

Median Wages

$37,622

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
community colleges
College Credit Plus

Competencies/Credentials

  • Ability to read/follow work instructions
  • Other professional competencies as demonstrated by Ohio Means Jobs Job Readiness Seal
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician; OSHA 10

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Machine Operator (Manual):

Education & Training

Short-term Certificate or Pre-Apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

At least 2 NIMS Machining Credentials, including “Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout” and “Measurement, Materials, and Safety”

Median Wages

$39,834

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above position, plus:
  • Demonstrate use of machine safety and PPE
  • Use calipers, dimensional metrology, precision measurement tools
  • Inspect materials and parts
  • Plan job and prepare for production
  • Load parts, follow a set up sheet
  • Maintain milling/turning equipment
  • Operate presses, grinders, hones
  • Perform benchwork – deburr, clean, prep parts for next operation
  • Other technical competencies as demonstrated by at least 2 NIMS Credentials: Benchwork and Layout; Measurement, Materials, and Safety

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Machine Operator (CNC):

Education & Training

Short-term Certificate or Pre-Apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

At least 2 NIMS Machining Credentials, including “Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout” and “Measurement, Materials, and Safety”

Median Wages

$39,590

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above position, plus:
  • Demonstrate use of machine safety and PPE
  • Use calipers, dimensional metrology, precision measurement tools
  • Inspect materials and parts
  • Plan job and prepare for production
  • Load parts, follow a set up sheet
  • Maintain milling/turning equipment
  • Operate presses, grinders, hones
  • Perform benchwork – deburr, clean, prep parts for next operation
  • Other technical competencies as demonstrated by at least 2 NIMS Credentials: Benchwork and Layout; Measurement, Materials, and Safety

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Machinist 1 (Entry-Level):

Education & Training

May be enrolled in One-Year Technical Certificate or apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

At least 5 NIMS Machining Credentials

Median Wages

$41,128

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Basic geometry and trigonometry
  • Ability to machine part from blueprint (manual or CNC)
  • Manual: Execute machining of parts, set appropriate feeds and speeds.
  • CNC: Use G-code or conversational controls to edit existing program for machining of the part, including feeds and speeds; start machining process; execute program
  • Adjust process to achieve tolerances and finishes on the blueprint
  • Inspect parts to verify tolerances and specifications are met
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by the following NIMS credentials: Grinding I; Turning I (Between Centers and Chucking); Milling I; CNC Mill Operations; CNC Lathe Operations; Drill Press I

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Machinist 2 (Advanced):

Education & Training

One-Year Technical Certificate Apprenticeship / Extensive On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

At least 5 NIMS Machining Credentials in addition to those for Machinist 1

Median Wages

$53,482

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Advanced trigonometry
  • Interpret all types of blueprints (imperial, metric, foreign, GD&T)
  • Make setups: select tooling, plan work holding, stock prep, determine machining process steps
  • Make complex setups using optimal settings for efficiency
  • Troubleshoot and adjust for blueprint, material, machine, or program issues
  • Train and mentor operators and entry-level machinists
  • Run variety of machines (lathes, mills, CNC, manual)
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by the following NIMS credentials: CNC Lathe II; CNC Mill II; Turning II (Between Centers and Chucking); Milling II; Grinding II

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Team Lead :

Education & Training

One-Year Technical Certificate Apprenticeship / Extensive On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

At least 5 NIMS Machining Credentials in addition to those for Machinist 1

Median Wages

$53,482

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All Machinist 1 competencies, plus:
  • Leadership and communication through company determined training

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Engineering Technologist:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and/or equivalent On-the-Job experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$61,809

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Write programs to meet specifications of blueprints, job orders, etc.
  • Monitor and correct machine programs for errors
  • Determine sequence of machine operations and appropriate machine tools
  • Provide written and verbal instructions for machine operators
  • Interpret engineering drawings
  • Plan workflow, oversee production processes
  • CNC Lathe Programming Setup & Operations; CNC Mill Programming Setup & Operations; EDM II

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

CNC Programmer:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and/or equivalent On-the-Job experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$59,882

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Write programs to meet specifications of blueprints, job orders, etc.
  • Monitor and correct machine programs for errors
  • Determine sequence of machine operations and appropriate machine tools
  • Provide written and verbal instructions for machine operators
  • Interpret engineering drawings
  • Plan workflow, oversee production processes
  • CNC Lathe Programming Setup & Operations; CNC Mill Programming Setup & Operations; EDM II

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Machine Shop Supervisor:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and/or equivalent On-the-Job experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$70,087

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Company specific competencies and training (leadership, communication, employee development)

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Manufacturing Engineer:

Education & Training

Four Year Engineering Degree (ABET accredited)

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$86,326

Education Providers

Four-Year Universities

Competencies/Credentials

  • Advanced technical understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Provide technical expertise to machining staff
  • Troubleshoot and investigate production problems and errors
  • Apply continuous improvement methodology to machining processes
  • BS from ABET Accredited Engineering program required

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

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