Engineering craft machinist

Engineering craft machinists make parts used in manufacturing and engineering.

What does an engineering craft machinist do?

This role involves working with metals, plastics, wood and composite materials to create parts for machinery, such as engine components, and parts for domestic appliances or medical equipment. Engineering craft machinists use lathes, cutters and grinders, and are responsible for selecting which tools to use for each job, working out the cutting speeds, and checking the quality of finished items.  

What do I need to do to become an engineering craft machinist?

To do this job well you will need to be able to follow engineering instructions and work to a high level of accuracy.

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Attention to detail
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Physical fitness

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (A-C), including English, maths, and design and technology

Vocational route

  • Level 1 certificate in engineering
  • Level 1 certificate in engineering and manufacturing
  • Level 2 certificate in mechanical engineering
  • Level 2 first certificate or diploma in engineering technology

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Maths

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Jobs tend to be in the mechanical engineering, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as shipbuilding. There may also be opportunities in maintenance work for industries that need to replace components regularly, such as rail transport or power generation. 

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