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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

23550 Machinist, Maintenance

Produces replacement parts and new parts in making repairs of metal parts of mechanical equipment. Work involves most of the following: Interpreting written instructions and specifications; planning and laying out of work; using a variety of machinist's hand tools and precision measuring instruments; setting up and operating standard machine tools; shaping of metal parts to close tolerances; making standard shop computations relating to dimensions of work, tooling, feeds, and speeds of machining; knowledge of the working properties of the common metals; selecting standard materials, parts, and equipment required for this work; and fitting and assembling parts into mechanical equipment. In general, the machinist's work normally requires a rounded training in machine-shop practice usually acquired through a formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.