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Technicians assembling Dawn spacecraft

Inspectors, testers, and graders monitor the standards of quality for specific manufactured products. (Career Description)

Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines to produce precision metal parts. Tool programmers write the computer programs that control computer numerically controlled (CNC) production equipment. (Career Description)

Precision assemblers read text, drawings, and CAD designs. They use precision tools and measuring equipment to assemble intricate models, subassemblies, or finished products. (Career Description)

Toolmakers and diemakers build, maintain, and repair precision tools, dies (metal forms or molds), and special guiding and holding devices for machines that cut, shape, and form metal and other materials to manufacture products. (Career Description)

Welders permanently bond individual metal parts by heating and fusing them. Cutters use a similar process to cut and trim metal to specific measurements or to dismantle large metal objects. In automated welding, a machine monitored by a welding machine operator performs the welding. (Career Description)

These careers are described in more detail in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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