Replace defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of parts
Lubricate and repair machines and equipment
Move equipment and machinery with hoists, dollies, rollers and trucks
Align machines and equipment with hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers and various electronic equipment
Demonstrate ability to read, interpret and assess blueprints, drawings and other technical information
Support other trades with disassembly, reassembly and inspection of mechanical and electrical equipment
Insert shims, adjust tension on nuts and bolts and position parts, with hand and power tools
Must be able to obtain credentials to work on government bases
Category: Outside Machinist
NOTE: The following descriptions is a GENERAL OVERVIEW of this career, and not a description of a particular job posting.
An outside machinist installs and repairs equipment, sets up and handles manufacturing machinery and ensures that production equipment is adequate and functional. The machinist also operates machines manually or through control mechanisms, inspects equipment and materials and communicates with co-workers, subordinates and superiors.
An Outside Machinist's typical duties include:
- Disassembling or dismantling valves or pumps, inspecting for wear and assessing replacement need, then re-assembling
- Installing stanchions and hand rails for gratings and ladders
- Installing piping for steam, exhaust, suction, discharge, heating, and/or refrigeration
- Dismantling, inspecting and repairing deck machinery, main engines, generator governors, and/or turbines
- Running horizontal and vertical lines for alignment of engines
- Overhauling and repairing refrigerating machinery
Most outside machinist careers require a high school diploma, as well as training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, and/or an associate's degree.
Outside machinists usually need one or two years of on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be available.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is typically required. Outside Machinists generally have a broad background in diesel repair and maintenance.