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Engineering Machinists create, assemble and repair metal products by interpreting designs, measuring metals, and operating machines to cut and shape them.

What do Engineering Machinists do at work?

  • Interpret engineering drawings and instructions.
  • Measure and mark up materials for cutting.
  • Operate machines to cut and shape the materials.
  • Weld parts together.
  • Test finished products.
  • Design tools and equipment using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Clean, maintain and repair machinery.

Skills and knowledge

  • Knowledge of different metals and materials.
  • The ability to operate specialised tools and machinery.
  • The ability to read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • Knowledge of health and safety procedures.
  • The ability to perform simple calculations.
  • Skills with computer-aided design (CAD) software and computerised numerical control (CNC) machines.


No specific requirements but employers prefer you to have or be working towards Trade Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

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$39,000 - $103,000 per year