Where do you live? The cost of living in the area makes a big difference in your pay. The economy for the machining industry is horrible right now, so basically what your worth is what it would cost to replace you, sad but true. Your post was kind of long, but I take it you only have 2 years experience. Even if you are the next Einstein, that is what people see if you applied for another job,
sad but true. I would say even in higher paying So Cal, at 2 years experience
your looking at $10-$15 an hour.