What does it involve?
Machinists are able to manufacture precision componentry from engineering materials using a wide range of machining and hand processes.
As part of their job, machinists make metal parts utilising machine tools like lathes, milling machines, and machining centres. Normally parts will be made in large volumes, but precision machinists also make small quantities of unique or special parts.
In order to make products that hold to strict specs, machinists must rely on their knowledge and understanding of the materials’ properties while utilising their skills and abilities in combination with machine tools.
Normally an 8-hour day; sometimes working longer maybe required.
Each day can be quite different; fitting and machining work is varied and can include;
- the assembly, alignment and machining of components; and
- installation of machines, hydraulic or pneumatic control systems.
Using tools like lathes, milling machines, machining centres and CNC machines, you could be making componentry in bulk or making small quantities of unique or special parts.
Does this sound like you?
• English or Media or History
• Maths or Accounting or Economics
• Sciences or Workshop Technologies
• Computing/ICT/Information Management.
• Strong eye for detail
• Good literacy and numeracy
• Good organisational skills
• Good work habits/time management.
• Making or fixing things
• Working with machinery
• Working with computers.
Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:
• Science (physics)
• Technology (metal work)
Gateway programme available
• Machining Engineer
• Fitting and Assembly Work
• Machine Shop
• Fitter and Turner
• CNC Programmer/Operator
• Manufacturing Engineer
• Specialist Engineer
• Engineering Supervisor
• Leading Hand
• Workshop Supervisor
• Welding Supervisor
• Site Supervisor
• Business Manager
• Business Owner
This qualification has been developed by leading New Zealand mechanical engineers to equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work productively and safely.
With technology and automation rapidly driving change in the engineering sector, this qualification is designed with the future in mind so your people can respond and adapt to change.
Most of the learning is practical work completed on-the-job. Apprentices are also required to complete eLearning via our online learning platform Canvas, and attend block courses for two to three weeks each year.
Speak to your training advisor or account manager for details on programme and resource pricing.
All graduates will be able to:
- Understand relevant health and safety legislation and workplace safety culture
- Interpret drawings and specifications and use the appropriate materials, processes, tools and equipment for the task
- Apply knowledge of relevant engineering principles and practices, and problem solving skills, to perform engineering tasks to industry standards
- Use effective and efficient processes, principles and quality systems to produce components and provide services in a commercial mechanical engineering environment
- Communicate effectively within a team and the wider workplace
- Recognise the limits of their own ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency in the mechanical engineering field.
Graduates of the Machining strand will also be able to:
Plan, sequence and machine complex engineering components to a high degree of tolerance and finish, using current and relevant machining technologies and techniques.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
- Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician
- Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician that is specific to the jurisdiction in which he/she practices
- Be responsible for making decisions on part or all of one or more or more well-defined engineering activities
- Manage part or all of one or more well-defined engineering activities in accordance with good engineering management practice
- Communicate clearly with others in the course of his/her well defined engineering activities
- Maintain the currency of engineering knowledge and skills
- Exercise sound engineering judgement
- Conduct engineering activities to an ethical standard at least equivalent to the relevant code of ethical conduct
- Recognise the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmental effects of well-defined engineering activities generally
Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering strand will also be able to:
- Identify, state and analyse well-defined engineering problems in accordance with good practice for engineering
- Design or develop solutions to well-defined engineering problems by applying accepted procedures and methodologies
- Identify risk and apply risk management techniques to well-defined engineering problems
How much could I earn?
3 – 5 years experience