Occ. Code 7351000


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


A Machinist performs skilled machine shop work in operating and maintaining lathes, drill presses, drilling machines, and other machine tools in the construction and repair of metal parts, tools, and fixtures.

Positions in this class are found in many agencies with the greatest number of such positions in the Departments of Transportation and Mental Hygiene and the State University.


A Machinist plans and lays out work and determines the proper tools and materials and the sequence of cutting and finishing operations required. Incumbents set up and operate a variety of machine tools often requiring work to close tolerances, in the manufacture and repair of metal parts, mechanisms, tools or machines. Machinists work from rough sketches, blueprints, samples or oral descriptions. The work of the Machinist is rarely repetitive.

As assigned, a Machinist supervises subordinate employees including Maintenance Assistant (Machinist) and Maintenance Helper.

A Maintenance Assistant (Machinist) as a semiskilled employee, performs the more routine and repetitive tasks which do not require difficult planning and layout to achieve required dimensions. Incumbents follow specific instructions and work under the direction, observation and supervision of a Machinist.

Positions of Maintenance Helper assigned to a Machinist, assist by performing manual tasks involving elementary skills as directed while learning the practical techniques of the trade.


Incumbents set up and operate machine tools such as lathes, planers, milling machines and drilling machines to make or repair a variety of metal parts and tools. A Machinist may also perform skilled machine shop work such as line boring main bearings, coring cylinders, and grinding crankshafts and pistons in the overhaul of gas and diesel engines. In addition, incumbents may devise and make metal items for special use such as pumps, jigs and fixtures. Illustrative activities include the following:


The nature of a MachinistÂ’s activities generally restricts relationships to employees in the same organizational unit including craftspersons in other trades. On occasion, however, incumbents may orally communicate with others within the agency or State facility to determine the purpose and special requirements of the tools or parts to be repaired or made.


A Machinist is generally supervised by higher-level trades positions such as Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor 1, Maintenance Supervisor 2 or 3, or Canal Maintenance Shop Supervisor 1 or 2. Generally work priorities are prescribed and the materials and equipment are furnished. However, in the absence of such direction, a Machinist may set priorities, requisition materials, and determine the work that has to be done.

A Machinist is expected to work with considerable independence as is typical of a craftsperson.

As assigned, a Machinist will supervise subordinate maintenance employees by making assignments, giving instructions, observing and inspecting the work performed to insure that instructions have been followed, and that the quality of the work is satisfactory.


A Machinist uses the machines, tools and equipment of the machinist trade including hand tools, precision measuring devices, and machine tools including engine and turret lathes, drilling machines, grinding machines and planers and shapers.



Four years of full-time experience under a journey-level machinist which provided training equivalent to that gained in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in the machinist trade or training gained by the completion of technical courses in the machinist trade in a school, institute, or branch of the armed services may be substituted for the above training and experience on a year-for-year basis.


 Reviewed: 6/02

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required to appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.