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Machinists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, machinists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They receive instructions from supervisors, but spend a fair amount of time working alone.
  • Communicate with others in person every day.
  • Are responsible for the results of work done by other workers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others. They must keep their work areas free of debris and maintain their machines.
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  • Usually work as part of a team or in groups.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors, but on rare occasions work outdoors. Indoor work sites may not have heating or air conditioning.
  • Always wear safety glasses and earplugs.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment and situations that may result in minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. They work with machines and equipment that are constantly running.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous coolants and lubricants.
  • Work near others. They usually share the same work space with other machinists.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could endanger workers' safety.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of machinery.
  • Make decisions that affect customers and other workers on a weekly basis.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals on their own, but usually receive some input from a supervisor.
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  • Abide by strict daily and weekly deadlines.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week, but overtime is common during peak production times.
  • Usually work a set schedule.
  • May work evening and weekend shifts. Many companies are extending their hours of operation.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.