Machinists and what they do

What is a Machinist?

Today’s trend toward bringing manufacturing back to the United States, along with an aging workforce ready to retire, means there’s more jobs for machinists in this country than in years past.

What does a Machinist do?

A CNC machinist learns how to operate a variety of machine tools such as computer numeric control (CNC) equipment. As part of your preparation for employment in a manufacturing industry, you learn to make metal parts to precise specifications, gain knowledge of the working properties of metal, learn general shop practices, and learn how to operate all of the equipment.

After completing a CNC Machinist Program, you will be able to design and program parts to be used in various industries, including medical, dental, schools, energy, sporting, government, and aerospace. With the right training and skills, a machinist determines:

  • Which machine tools to use
  • How to minimize set-up and run-time
  • How to maximize productivity
  • What is involved in the program?

Here at PMI, we know what manufacturers are looking for in their future machinists and we’ve incorporated that training in our courses. The introductory courses will give you the skills you need to gain the entry-level job you want. Should you pursue more advanced programs, to acquire additional skill-sets, you will be able to apply for and be offered jobs equivalent to those with 3-5 years of industry experience.

Courses & Schedules

While earning your certificates, you will spend your time on the machines honing your skills. You’ll learn basic safety, how to read blueprints, perform manual mill and lathe, learn traditional methods, and also related computer-based programs.

If you are looking to take courses full-time to complete your training as soon as possible, or can only attend at night while in the process of switching careers, or simply gain additional skills to augment your current job, we offer various formats to help accommodate your schedule and needs.


Our students who are training to become machinists often obtain internships with local companies. This is an excellent way to get a feel for the company while honing your skills. Opportunities for paying internships are something we seek and help our students pursue.

The main advantage of internships is for you to gain real-world experience, establish professional relationships that may lead to permanent employment, and also increase your skills.