Back to Jobs

Outside Machinist 1st Class

Outside Machinist 1st Class Essential Roles and Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, installs new machines or heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings, and dismantles and installs machines or heavy equipment when changes in the plant layout are required May provide guidance and training to lower level employees as requested Replaces defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of moving parts Aligns machines and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and various electrical/electronic equipment Connects power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to evaluate its mechanical operation Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment Assembles and installs equipment, using hand tools and power tools Positions steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures Signals crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline Inserts 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 Moves machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks Attaches moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools Supports other trades as required to include assisting in rigging, disassembly, reassembly and inspection of mechanical and electrical equipment, systems, and components Qualifications: High school diploma/equivalent More than 5 years related work experience Training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers Mechanical aptitude and skills Active listening, effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills Ability to read, interpret layouts, blueprints and other technical specifications Able to read, hear, and apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form

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.