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Manufacturing jobs use different machine tools like machining centers, milling machines, and lathes to craft metal parts often producing small amounts of the same part. By reviewing blueprints for a job they can determine where to cut into the work piece, how fast to feed the work piece into the machine, and how much of the material to remove before actually starting the crafting. Companies are extending their hours of operation to make better use of machinery into the evening and weekends, although the majority of jobs in manufacturing work 40 hour work weeks.

Job seekers looking for machinist jobs can gain the necessary training for the position through apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community and technical colleges, as well as on the job. The minimum educational requirements for training is at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent, since higher level mathematical computation will be completed frequently with manufacturing machinist work to ensure the accuracy of crafted components.

In 2006, there were nearly 400,000 machinist workers which mostly were employed in manufacturing industries. Employment of these careers will be effected by the improvements in technology and the automation of manufacturing processes. Despite the less than favorable employment outlook, there will be a good amount of job opportunities available. Employers will continue to look for the best job candidates with the widest skill sets and previous machining experience. Additional job openings will occur as there will be a need to replace workers than change careers or exit the work force entirely. 

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