I love making things with my hands so an obvious choice for occupation would be
some form of engineering. Working with metal also interests me so I herd of precision
machining from a person from Mid Florida Tech school that told me what it was and thats
about it. Machining involves taking a raw piece of metal and boring, drilling, milling,
grinding, and turning until you end up with a desired product. Also, these parts are to
exact specifications of the blueprints. Precise measurements are taken to ensure correct
I already knew quite a bit about this because this is one of my interests. I would
like to know more before I choose to spend my time an money on the education to do this
line of work. My first obvious question would be how much they make. Money is
important to me so I feel its nessesary to know up front what you will get. Something
that goes hand and hand with money is work hours. Time is money so that is equally
important. I can work with computers well so I would like o know how technology plays
a roll in machining. These are all question I hope to find answers to in my quest for
This research is being done to answer my questions so I can be as prepared as
possible to do this for a living. I feel that if I know all about it there wont be any
surprises or disappointments later on.

y research begins with a long and drawn out trip to the Winter Park High School
library and computer lab. I am very experienced online so this did not pose much of a
challenge to me. We started out using a website called Bridges that helped people get
information about different careers and job orientated information. I found the bulk of my
information here on precision machining. This gave me information but not really any
examples of it or pictures of this trade. Nest, I went to Lockheed Martins website and
looked at experimental aircraft and weapons. I hound that most experimental projects
involved new parts never made before, thats where the machinist comes in. Next, I visited
the university of Arizonas website were they held a contest to see who could build the
best working practical machine. They designed and built some kinds of experimental
projects. There were things that fly and things that drill and things that swim. I noticed
that most everything was made from scratch. So no store-bought parts were used. That
means that the parts were all manufactured. At this website I also came across many job
opportunities as technicians and service consultants in the custom fabrication field.There
were quite a few companies that were local that supplied pieces and parts to airplane
builders and mechanics. Some machines are so expensive that the parts must be custom
made. All this translates into a good outlook for this type of work in the future. Insuring
job security is also something good that a machinist can look forward to. Most of my
answers to my question cam form the web site from Arizonas university. Machinists
make from sixteen to twenty-three dollars an hour and higher with experience. Starting
right out of collage you can expect to make on average of about eight-teen dollars an
hour. Hours are like any other job, nine to five unless you have extra work to make up.
You go to collage for a minimum of one year attending a vocational school like mid
Florida Tech. Technology plays a huge role in this field in that all the robots are computer
controlled and operated my people. People still tell he computers what to do but he
steady arm of a robot is helpful when quality is of the essence.

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After all this research I have come to some conclusions. I am very interested in
precision machining. I am looking for more money than precision machining can offer.
There are careers like mechanical engineering that offer more money for less hours. I will
have to research that new career next. I think it is important to be happy with what you
do. I will do some thinking as to what my priorities are in the future. I really do think I
might seriously consider precision machining as a career.