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A day in the life of a (female) machinist

Often, the perception of what a career in manufacturing entails is not aligned with the reality of manufacturing careers in the 21st Century.

A recent blog post at Flate Focus explains the work of machinist Molly Woods. Woods works for Vulcan Machine Inc., a company that specializes in custom aerospace machining and commercial precision manufacturing. Woods has been working for Vulcan — her family’s business — since 2007.

Molly’s words

Molly told the blog: “From start to finish I like running the machines, cleaning the parts, and love the ‘hey I made that’ feeling. My job is highly productive and interesting. I love making parts and seeing the products that I manufacture can be used by another company.”

A day at work

She started doing work on the machines then worked her way into more complex tasks. In a day at work, she can maintain the working order of six to seven different machines. Woods works on CNC machines manufacturing parts for the aerospace industry. She routinely operates mills and lathes, uses methods like fast bright to take the burr off the parts and readies them for shipment.

Manufacturing for women

The experience of Molly Woods highlights the fact that a career in manufacturing isn’t just for men. Although women currently comprise only 3 percent of the manufacturing workforce, opportunities abound. Woods will be the first to tell you that machining is not a traditional career path for women, but she encourages women to look into it. She finds it a rewarding, hands-on career.

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