Definition of machinist in US English:



  • 1A person who operates a machine, especially a machine tool.

    • ‘Big or small, companies employed mainly skilled machinists, machine operators, and precision assemblers.’
    • ‘My father was a machinist who could do electrical and plumbing jobs.’
    • ‘Still, in an effort to avoid such a scenario, contract discussions are continuing between management and unions representing attendants, reservation and gate workers and machinists and baggage handlers.’
    • ‘The St. Louis machinists are seeking wage and benefit compensation similar to machinists at Boeing's Seattle operations.’
    • ‘I'm an outside machinist for National Steel and Shipbuilding Company and my operation is, right now, is to work on the boat deck.’
    • ‘During the strike, some 200 machinists and pipefitters walked out in support of the Operating Engineers.’
    • ‘For 40 years Mr Martindale, now 78, was a railway worker while Mrs Martindale, 66, was a machinist at State Mill.’
    • ‘While they built machines designed to mass-produce goods, the machinists did not use mass-production techniques themselves.’
    • ‘They operate a machinists ' training program that funnels people into the employment pipeline at local automotive companies.’
    • ‘The best foundry workers, the best machinists and the best maintenance personnel join to form teams that stand up to face new challenges and tackle new tasks.’
    • ‘The country is shedding engineers, technicians, mechanics and machinists in favour of policy advisers; outreach co-ordinators, facilitators and social inclusion awareness consultants.’
    • ‘In those days, the labor powerhouses in L.A. were the United Auto Workers and the machinists, each with close to 100,000 members in the auto and aerospace plants that ringed the city.’
    • ‘This resulted not in mass-produced machines whose parts could be assembled randomly, but in unique machines whose components had to be filed by trained machinists to make the parts fit properly.’
    • ‘Factory worker Catherine had left a job as a machinist when she picked up some part-time shifts at the café at world-famous Wigan Pier, washing up and pouring tea.’
    • ‘But the president is trying in a very deliberate way to reach out to those elements of organized labor that might be friendly to him - the teamsters, the steel workers, the machinists.’
    • ‘At each stage, the master machinists and electricians had young apprentices at his side.’
    • ‘After his demob, Mr Harris worked as a plumber and his wife as a machinist.’
    • ‘The company has asked the bankruptcy judge to impose a 13 percent pay cut on the machinists union, which represents 35,000 workers, and surrender all future pay raises.’
    • ‘At the south end of the huge building Kelly entered a room with a long glove box system and white-suited machinists and chemical operators.’
    • ‘By 1840, a locally financed firm of British machinists adopted water-powered machines, to make woolen and merino shirts and drawers like those of their native Leicester.’
    operator, operative, machine operator, machine minder, worker
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A person who makes or repairs machinery.
      • ‘Early photographs of the factory interior show lab-coated machinists producing parts for the emerging automobile and truck industry.’
      • ‘Due to a scarcity of highly skilled toolmakers and machinists at national level, the company set up its own Apprentice Training Centre in 1978.’
      • ‘Ambitious projects require cooperation among many players, from engineers and machinists to consumers and shareholders.’
      • ‘Its scores of tinkerers and entrepreneurs typically assembled rather than manufactured their products, subcontracting for parts from carriage builders, bicycle manufacturers, and machinists.’
      • ‘The long historical experience of the Danish agricultural machinists and blacksmiths was required to provide the world with turbines equal to the power and turbulence of real winds.’
      • ‘Another 200 workers, comprising Teamsters, electricians, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, boilermakers and pipe fitters, honored machinists ' picket lines during the strike.’
      • ‘Valdez could be a Boeing machinist, Microsoft code writer, garment maker or call-center receptionist.’
      • ‘The son of an Akron, Ohio, scrap-metal dealer, Ovshinsky skipped college to become a tool maker and machinist.’
      • ‘The company was founded in 1976 by Jess Briley, by vocation a machinist and oil field engineer, by avocation a competitive skeet shooter.’
      • ‘Before taking up art he worked in industry as a machinist, blacksmith, and tool and die maker, and he brought to his sculpture consummate skills in metalworking.’
      • ‘Whether you were a carpenter or a welder or a pipe-fitter or a machinist, whether you worked on an assembly line, you were a member of the working class, the labour class.’
      • ‘Mostly, they are skilled workers, such as carpenters, machinists, painters, wood finishers, tool makers, railroad workers, garage mechanics.’
      • ‘Some engineers and key machinists moved in circles among the various gun companies.’
      • ‘Previous successful machinists and craftsmen close down their shops, some taking sales jobs at the new malls and restaurants.’
      • ‘I was given a lot of interesting assignments, often having to go out to the big Angus Shops and collaborate with general foremen, boiler - makers, and machinists.’
      • ‘Now, I'm looking around and I see skilled trades people pulling down serious money - deep into six figures - cabinet makers, machinists, carpenters, mechanics.’
      • ‘Brad became a machinist himself, doing contract work for companies like Catapillar and McDonald-Douglas over the next decade and a half.’
      • ‘The contract with machinists expired in July of last year.’
      • ‘Boehmer left the Marine Corps and joined Hobart in its machine shop, where he learned on the job how to become a machinist and a toolmaker.’
      • ‘There was slave labor available, but shipwrights, machinists, sailmakers, and all the skilled trades required in shipbuilding were in critically short supply.’