“Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.”- Bureau of Labor Statistics
But what does this career pay?
Here are some different ways of looking at wages for machinists:
Source for this data: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes514041.htm
Info on starting a career in machining: http://yourcareerfacts.com/career-resources/