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Those looking to learn the skills required to full fill a real job working as an apprentice in the machine shop industry.

Those looking to learn the skills required to full fill a real job working as an apprentice in the machine shop industry.

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  • Basic Knowledge About Machine Shop Services MACHINE SHOPS: JUST WHAT DO THEY DO?
  • Quick Overview:  Learn what customers are looking for from machine shops and how to get your foot into the door to learn how to become a machinist.
  • A Brief History of Machine Shops:  In the US, the machine shop industry has around 22,000 companies. Their combined revenue amounts to $30 billion a year. There is no single large company that dominates the industry, since it is largely fragmented. 15 percent of the revenues come from the 50 largest companies.  This is a very large indicator that competition in the industry is big, and is also a good place even just for machine shops that are just starting out. The demand for machine shops would largely depend on the manufacturing activity in the country. 
  • Customers look for machine shops that are experts in their craft.  It is also important that they are efficient in operating and turning over products. Large machine shops are able to invest in more advanced manufacturing equipment. However, this does not make the smaller companies at the losing end. In fact, they can compete just by being effective in providing services to their customers.  It is important that small machine shops are able to build good working relationships with their customers. They may create their niche by providing engineering services to their loyal customers. It is important to note that no matter how machine automated the industry is turning out to be; it is still much dependent on labor. Hence, the skills of the people working in a company would still be able to set it apart than other others, more than the technology used.
  • Machine shops are actually involved in the production of metals.  A machine shop would usually receive a job assignment to finish a metal part or create something out of raw materials that come from manufacturers. They therefore have to perform different processes.
  • Continued:  Machine tools are able to perform different metalwork's, depending on the needs of the clients and customers. Processes need to be done with precision; else the products would not be usable. Most often than not, such processes are done through computerized machines that are able to execute exact processes in exact measurements.
  • processes that involve the need for the expertise of machine works: • DRILLING • TAPPING; THIS INVOLVES CUTTING THREADS IN A HOLE THAT IS DRILLED. • BORING; THIS PROCESS INVOLVES ENLARGING A HOLE. • THREADING; THIS IS A PROCESS WHEREIN THREADS ARE CUT ON A BOLT. CUTTING • GRINDING; THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST OPERATIONS THAT ARE DONE ON METAL PRODUCTS. • MILLING; THIS IS THE PROCESS OF REMOVING METAL FROM A CERTAIN SURFACE.
  • A machine shop usually operates through four major actions.  There is the pre-production, followed by the machine setup, followed by the actual production, and lastly, the quality control.  These processes have inner processes. Of all the processes, machine setup is the most time- consuming part of it. Also, it is the most expensive of all the processes.
  • Machine shops give much attention to this process, so that they can deliver products in the best way they can.  Actual costs of machines that they use should be less than the profit that they would get. If not, they would just be wasting all their investment on expensive but inefficient machines.