Machine Shop Math Help – Where to Get Started

Basic machine shop math. That’s what this is.

It’s info that’s perfect for beginners. Start at the top for beginners and skip to the bottom for the more advanced stuff.

And don’t worry, we’ll make it easy to understand, even if math isn’t your strongest subject. Let’s go!

Machine Shop Math - Where to Start?

First things first, make sure you learn the lingo. Machining terms can be confusing. We break it all down. 

What kind of math do you need to know to work in a machine shop? Spoiler: It’s less than you think

Calculating tolerances is just a part of the job. 

Learn the different types of tolerances quickly.

A guide to understanding X, Y and Z coordinates.

Half of the math involved in machining comes from blueprints. 

Learn how to read them so you know what to look out for.