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Career paths

After gaining experience as a sample machinist, there are plenty of opportunities to progress to other roles within the industry using the technical skills developed, including:

  • Moving away from direct sample production to managing a production department or manufacturing unit.
  • Becoming a technical expert in specialist areas such as problem solving or quality management.
  • A move into design, garment technology or pattern cutting

The image below shows an example of typical career progression from a trainee machinist to an array of technical roles, with examples of the most appropriate vocational qualifications. 

Sample machinist - career progression