Machine Technology

Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. This field includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. They 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. Many machine shops still use the manual setting up of mills and lathes, but many have transitioned to the new CNC (computer numerical code) technology. The Gulf Coast area has a significant need for machinists. Certificates of completion or an Associates of Applied Science in Industrial Systems gives job seekers an advantage over other candidates. Knowledge of computer numerical code is a must in the modern machine shop. Occupations at this level generally require more than twelve months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance.

(Source: East Harris County Manufacturers Association)

Description 2013 Jobs 2016 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Structural Metal Fabricators 4,314 4,603 $16.79 $11.92 $23.52
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers 724 805 $23.15 $16.04 $34.21
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders 536 576 $16.69 $10.84 $27.48
Machinists 17,333 18,775 $19.63 $12.50 $30.18
Model Makers 42 47 $19.78 $11.75 $32.50
Patternmakers 386 385 $22.03 $17.56 $28.68
Tool and Die Makers 685 732 $19.94 $12.52 $33.18
Patternmakers, Wood 29 31 $21.59 $18.25 $27.19

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Machinist at Work

Programs of Study

Certificate of Completion, Industrial Systems – Machinist – MC1

General Requirements

Long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)