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Outside Machinist

Outside Machinist’s Essential Roles and Responsibilities: Replace defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of moving parts Align machine and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and various electrical/electronic equipment Connect power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to evaluate its mechanical operation Repair and lubricate machines and equipment Assemble and install equipment, using hand tools and power tools Position steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures Signal crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline Insert shims, adjust tension on nuts and bolts, or position parts, using hand tools and measuring instruments, to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts Move machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks Attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools Support other trades as required to include assisting in rigging, disassembly, reassembly and inspection of mechanical and electrical equipment, systems, and components

Category: Outside Machinist

Information
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
Education
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.
Qualifications
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is typically required. Outside Machinists generally have a broad background in diesel repair and maintenance.