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Qualities that Make an Excellent Machinist

JW Machine plays an active role in helping pass the CNC machining craft down to the next generation of machinists. We are a supporting member of the Space Coast Machinist Apprentice Program. This program allows apprentices to graduate as Florida Department of Education state-certified machinists. We also take Certified Journeyman Machinists under our wing so they can be part of a machine shop environment and experience first-hand exactly what it takes to be the best of the best.

A machinist much learn and be exceptionally proficient in all aspects of CNC machining, including milling turning, close tolerance machining, small parts machining, prototypes to production manufacturing, laser engraving, laser etching, laser cutting and more. Below are some qualities we look in our machinists.

Attention to Detail

This is one of the most important aspects of precision CNC machining.  A machine shop is no place for mistakes!  The smallest error can compromise an entire project, especially in industries such as defense and aerospace.  Laser cutting, laser etching, laser engraving, close tolerance machining, small parts machining and milling turning are all among the machine shop processes that require great attention to detail. 

Computer Skills

Computer skills are a must for any machine shop operator. CNC is an acronym for “computer numerical control”.  The precision CNC machining process requires the machinist to program computers to control the instruments and equipment.  Computers are also used in the CAD/CAM design process.

Ability to Manage Your Time

As we discussed in previous articles, any machine shop process involves several steps.  Each job is on a schedule.  A machinist may be in charge of several jobs. An excellent machine shop operator will be able to manage his/her time to ensure all jobs are performed with precision and delivered as scheduled.

At JW Machine, we only hire machinists who are dedicated to excellence. When it comes to machine shop services, our machinists are considered some of the industry’s best.  If you have a precision CNC machining project, give JW Machine a call today.

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