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Career Connections: Machinist

4 minutes

(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Machinist.

(man) Stock is a raw material. This could be aluminum, steel, even different types of plastics, that we turn into a part by removing parts of the material, adding holes to the material. We can machine parts in less than a minute to some parts take over an hour. I'm John Morris. I'm a machinist here at Nordson Corporation. A machinist sets up and operates a computerized machining center.

(Describer) Title: machines that are controlled by a computer and automatically cut material. Morris opens a book.

This book has the program that we're running on and lists the tooling and fixturing needed to run this part. Each code and command has directions to give to the machine. It informs the machine of what it needs to be doing at that particular time.

(Describer) The cutting happens in a machine with two cabinet doors on it.

This right here is a stock piece that we're gonna use to turn into our baseplate,

(Describer) A dotted line is drawn.

which is a component on our adhesive application products.

(Describer) The stock is a rectangular chunk of metal.

Nordson makes a variety of products for different industries. Their industrial coating products are used in companies all over the world. They make components for electronics and the medical field. A lot of the components we make are very accurate. We're measuring some of the components to ten thousandths of an inch.

(Describer) With the base plate...

Once a part's complete, we need to verify that it's accurate, and we do that by comparing it to our blueprints. To check this particular part, we have plug gauges.

(Describer) Title: Inspection tool used to check tolerances.

That's the size of the gauge.

(Describer) ...engraved on the side.

And this one's listed .540.

(Describer) They’re small cylinders. He points to the blueprint.

This tells me what dimension this hole needs to be made at. There are six holes that need to have a diameter of .531. You are allowed plus or minus ten thousandths-- .010. That's how you get the gauge .521, which is ten thousandths under, and .540, which is ten thousandths over.

(Describer) He puts a gauge in one of the base plate holes.

This one should fall into the diameter hole. This one should stay out.

(Describer) It does.

Basic to intermediate math skills are extremely helpful. You're using math all the time. On a general sense, attention to detail is very helpful. You're making parts to highly specific specifications. The more you pay attention to detail, the better you'll be.

(Describer) He picks out another gauge.

No two days are the same. You walk out a better machinist than you walked in every day, and that's rewarding.

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Meet a machinist who uses a computerized machining center to produce complicated parts out of metal and plastic. These parts have to be accurate to tolerances within fractions of an inch. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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