CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Maintenance Machinist

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments such as micrometers and vernier calipers.
Machine parts to specifications using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
Measure, examine, and test completed units to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments such as micrometers.
Set up, adjust, and operate all of the basic machine tools and many specialized or advanced variation tools to perform precision machining operations.
Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials onto machines.
Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, and engineering information to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate products, and determine product dimensions and tolerances.
Select the appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used in preparation of machinery work.
Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock to display placement of cuts.
Observe and listen to operating machines or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions and to determine need for adjustments or repairs.
Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated and cooled.
Maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
Position and fasten work pieces.
Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
Install repaired parts into equipment, or install new equipment.
Clean and lubricate machines, tools, and equipment to remove grease, rust, stains, and foreign matter.
Advise clients about the materials being used for finished products.
Program computers and electronic instruments such as numerically controlled machine tools.
Set controls to regulate machining, or enter commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control media.
Confer with engineering, supervisory, and manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information.
Dismantle machines or equipment, using hand tools and power tools, to examine parts for defects and replace defective parts where needed.
Establish work procedures for fabricating new structural products, using a variety of metalworking machines.
Support metalworking projects from planning and fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, metal properties and mathematics.
Confer with numerical control programmers to check and ensure that new programs or machinery will function properly, and that output will meet specifications.
Fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools.
Evaluate experimental procedures, and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency and adaptability to setup and production.
Design fixtures, tooling, and experimental parts to meet special engineering needs.
Prepare working sketches for the illustration of product appearance.
Install experimental parts and assemblies such as hydraulic systems, electrical wiring, lubricants, and batteries into machines and mechanisms.
Set up and operate metalworking, brazing, heat-treating, welding, and cutting equipment.
Test experimental models under simulated operating conditions for such purposes as development, standardization, and feasibility of design.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Armchair Machinist software Analytical or scientific software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
CNC Consulting Machinists' Calculator Analytical or scientific software
CNC Mastercam Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
CNC TurboCAD/CAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
EditCNC software Analytical or scientific software
Faster Fleet Management software Facilities management software
JETCAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Kentech Kipware PLN Project management software
Kentech Kipware QTE Project management software
Kentech Kipware Software Analytical or scientific software
Kentech Kipware TRK Project management software
Kentech Trig Kalculator Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Pro CNC software Industrial control software
3-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines Milling cutters
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Angle plates Gauges or inspection fixtures
Angled feeler gauges Feeler gauges
Anvils Anvils
Arbor presses Workshop presses
Arc welders Welders
Aviation snips Metal cutters
Ball peen hammers Hammers
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Beverly shears Shears
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Boring bars Boring tools
Boring tools Boring tools
Brake presses Workshop presses
Brass hammers Hammers
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Breaker lathes Lathes
Bridgeport mills Milling cutters
Broachers Broaching tools
Buffers Power buffers
Calipers Calipers
Center drills Drilling machines
Chamfer tools Bevels
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
Chippers Power chippers
Chucks Chucks
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Cold saws Power saws
Combination drills Power drills
Combination pliers Locking pliers
Combination wrenches Combination wrenches
Composition hammers Hammers
Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers Milling cutters
Computerized numerical control CNC turning lathes Lathes
Crankshaft grinders Grinding machines
Cutoff saws Power saws
Cylinder honers Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Cylindrical grinders Power grinders
Deburring tools Deburring equipment
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dial calipers Calipers
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
Drilling machines Power drills
Drum lathes Lathes
Edge finders Gauges or inspection fixtures
Engine lathes Lathes
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
Files Files
Flat files Files
Flywheel lathes Lathes
Forklifts Forklifts
Full face shields Facial shields
Gauges Height gauges
Grinders Grinders
Grinding dogs Bench dog
Grinding wheel arbors Arbors
Hacksaws Saws
Half-round files Files
Hand clamps Hand clamps
Hand saws Saws
Heat-treating equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Height gauges Height gauges
Hermaphrodite calipers Calipers
Hex keys Hex keys
Hex wrenches Hex keys
Horizontal boring bars Boring tools
Horizontal mills Milling cutters
Hydraulic presses Hydraulic press frames
Inside micrometers Micrometers
Inside spring calipers Calipers
Jointers Power planes
Knee mills Milling cutters
Ladders Ladders
Laser printers Laser printers
Lathes Lathes
Machine shop rigging equipment Slings
Machinists' hammers Hammers
Machinists' squares Squares
Magnetic retrievers Magnetic tools
Marking blocks Gage block set
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
Metal shears Shears
Metal spray equipment Welding tools
Micrometers Micrometers
Milling angle form cutters Milling cutters
Milling machines Milling machines
Milling vises Bench vises
Multi-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines Milling cutters
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Outside micrometers Micrometers
Outside spring calipers Calipers
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Parallel blocks Gage block set
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pillar drill machines Drilling machines
Pin presses Workshop presses
Pipe threaders Threading dies
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Planer gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Planers Planing machines
Plasma welders Plasma welding machinery
Platforms Platform lift
Power drills Power drills
Power hacksaws Power saws
Power sanders Power sanders
Prick punches Metal stamps or punches
Pry bars Pry bars
Punches Metal stamps or punches
Putty knives Putty knives
Radial drill presses Workshop presses
Radial drills Twist drills
Radius gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Ratchet sets Ratchets
Reamers Reamers
Resurfacing machines Resurfacers
Ring gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Rubber mallets Mallets
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Screw pitch gauges Pitch measuring instruments
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Scribers Scribers
Sensitive drill presses Workshop presses
Shapers Gear shapers
Sharpening equipment Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Shears Shears
Shims Shim
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
Sine bars Gauges or inspection fixtures
Sledgehammers Hammers
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Soldering equipment Soldering irons or guns
Spindle blade screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Spirit levels Levels
Square chisels Cold chisels
Staging equipment Platform lift
Steel rules Rulers
Steel wedges Wedges
Surface gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Surface grinders Power grinders
Swaging tools Swaging tools
Taps Taps or dies
Telescoping gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Thread gauges Thread counters or gauges
Threading machines Threading Machines
Tongs Tongs
Torches Blow torches
Tube benders Tube bending machinery
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
Turning lathes Lathes
Turret lathes Lathes
Undercut tools Milling cutters
Utility knives Utility knives
V blocks Gage block set
Valve grinding machines Grinding machines
Vernier bevel protractors Protractors
Vernier calipers Calipers
Vernier gear tooth calipers Calipers
Vernier height gauges Height gauges
Vertical milling machines Milling machines
Vertical turret lathes VTL Lathes
Wedges Wedges
Welding equipment Welding tools
Welding lenses Safety glasses
Welding shields Welding masks
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
Alternate Job Title(s)
4-Slide Operator
Aircraft Machinist
Auto Machinist
Automation Technician
Automotive Machinist
Automotive Machinist Apprentice
Bench Hand
CNC Machine Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Operator)
CNC Machinist
CNC Machinist (Computer Numerical Control Machinist)
CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist)
CNC Operator (Computer Numerical Control Operator)
CNC Operator and Programmer (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer)
Carbide Operator
Deck Engineer
Development Mechanic
Electrical Experimental Mechanic
Electrical Instrument Maker
Electrical Machinist
Experimental Machinist
Experimental Mechanic
Fixture Maker
Fluid-Power Mechanic
Gear Machinist
Geothermal Heat Pump Machinist
Hydroelectric Component Machinist
Instrument Maker
Instrument Maker Apprentice
Instrument Maker and Repairer
Laboratory Machinist
Lathe Machinist
Machine Fitter
Machine Operator
Machine Repair Person
Machinist Apprentice
Machinist Mate
Machinist Tool and Die
Maintenance Machinist
Maintenance Specialist
Maintenance Technician
Manual Lathe Machinist
Manual Machinist
Master Machinist
Mechanical Laboratory Technician
Metal Machinist
Mold Tooling Designer (MTD)
Outside Machinist
Outside Machinist Apprentice
Precision Grinder Machinist
Precision Instrument Maker
Precision Machine Operator
Precision Machinist
Printing Press Machinist
Production Machinist
Rocket Motor Mechanic
Set-Up / Machinist
Set-Up Machinist
Test Technician
Thermometer Maker
Tool Machinist
Tool Maker
Tool Room Machinist
Tool and Die Maker
Toolroom Machinist
Trouble Shooter
Turret Lathe Machinist
Utility Operator
Wind Turbine Machinist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Maintenance Machinist
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