Combine your mechanical aptitude and attention to detail with computer-based design. As a machine tool operator, you will create precision-machined parts that are used in industrial applications from aerospace to consumer product manufacturing. You’ll develop hands-on skills in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, and the machining equipment it controls. You’ll be involved in every phase of part production, working from blueprints and CAD drawings, programming the equipment, machining the parts to exact specifications, and inspecting them to tolerances of 1/30th the diameter of a hair using precision instruments. Skilled machinists are in great demand for specialized tool-making operations and most types of manufacturing. Opportunities for career advancement grow with your experience.