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Fine Tune Your Future. Machinists Are in Demand.

Do you like crafting things? Operating machinery? Working with high-tech tools along with the old reliable ones?

If so, Fine Tune Your Future ... Machinists Are in Demand.  Do you like crafting things? Operating machinery? Working with high-tech tools, along with the old reliable ones? If so, you'd be a good fit for a machinist career.  Machinists are highly skilled manufacturing workers. Tey use power-operated tools to produce precision metal or plastic parts. Machinists differ from general machine operators because they have extensive knowledge of a number of precision machine tools. As technology improves, more and more machines are now controlled by computers which require an ever increasing skill level. Houston's position as world headquarters for oil and gas production translates to a shortage of qualified machinists. This shortage offers outstanding career opportunities for individuals who are just entering the workforce. you'd be a good fit for a career as a machinist.

Machinists are highly skilled manufacturing workers. They use power-operated tools to produce precision metal or plastic parts. Machinists differ from general machine operators because they have extensive knowledge of a number of precision machine tools. As technology improves, more and more machines are now controlled by computers which require an ever increasing skill level. Houston's position as world headquarters for oil and gas production translates to a shortage of qualified machinists. This shortage offers outstanding career opportunities for individuals who are just entering the workforce.


Conservative estimates show the region needs nearly 800 new machinists each year.

Despite rising imports and ever increasing manufacturing efficiency the number of machinists in the Gulf Coast Region are expected to grow to more than 17,000 by the year 2022.

Conservative estimates show the region needs nearly 800 new machinists each year.  Despite rising imports and ever increasing manufacturing efficiency the number of machinists in the Gulf Coast Region are expected to grow to more than 17,000 by the year 2022.


Many machinist jobs in the Gulf Coast Region are at companies that manufacture products supporting oil and gas exploration.

A large portion of machinist jobs in the Gulf Coast Region are at companies that manufacture products supporting oil and gas exploration.

While average machinists earned $42,909 per year in 2012, many earn in excess $60,000 per year! How do you become a machinist?

A growing number of machinists earn two-year associates degrees at community or technical colleges. Persons interested in becoming a machinist should be mechanically inclined, have good problem-solving abilities, be able to work independently, and be able to do highly accurate work. High school or vocational school courses in trigonometry, blueprint reading, metalworking and drafting are recommended. In the Gulf Coast region, there are two primary options for machinist training:

  • Training programs at community college
  • Training programs at vocational-technical institutes

Preparing for a Machinist Career

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Technology Systems (Modular Lab
Based) or Introduction to Precision
Metal Manufacturing or Machine
Shop or Welding

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Engineering Principles or
Engineering Graphics or Electricity/Electronics
Technology or Metal Trades

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Principles of
Technology I

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Power, and Transportation Systems
or Manufacturing Systems

Mathematical Models
with Applications

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Research Design and Development or
Problems and Solutions in Technology
or Manufacturing Technology

Algebra II

Fine Arts

Engineering

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Gulf Coast Region Machinist Programs

Community Colleges that may Offer Training
(Depending on Demand)Gulf Coast Region Machinist Programs  Community Colleges that may offer training (depending on demand)

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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