Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4033.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
71,400 employed

Projected (2024):
55,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Abrasive Worker
  • Air Grinder
  • Aluminum Polisher
  • Automatic Grinder Operator
  • Axle Bearing Polisher
  • Axle Polisher
  • Balance Screwhead Polisher
  • Band Reamer Machine Operator
  • Band Saw Filer
  • Barrel Centerer
  • Barrel Polisher
  • Bearing Grinder
  • Bearingnizer
  • Belt Polisher
  • Bench Grinder
  • Bevel Face Stoner and Polisher
  • Bevel Polisher
  • Billet Grinder
  • Bit Grinder
  • Bit Sharpener
  • Bit Sharpener Operator
  • Blade Filer
  • Blade Grinder
  • Blade Groover
  • Blade Sharpener
  • Body Finisher
  • Bottom Polisher
  • Bottom Sander
  • Brass Buffer
  • Brass Burnisher
  • Brass Finisher
  • Brass Polisher
  • Broach Grinder
  • Brush Polisher
  • Buffer
  • Buffing Line Set Up Worker
  • Buffing Machine Operator
  • Buffing Machine Tender
  • Burnisher
  • Burnishing Machine Operator
  • Burr Bench Hand
  • Burr Bench Operator
  • Burr Filer
  • Burr Machine Operator
  • Burr Sander
  • Burrer
  • Burrer Operator
  • Burring Machine Operator
  • Burring Wheel Operator
  • Castings Trimmer
  • Cell Operator
  • Centerless Grinder
  • Centerless Grinder Operator
  • Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operator
  • Chrome Polisher
  • CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator)
  • Color Buffer
  • Computer Numerical Control Grinder (CNC Grinder)
  • Crankshaft Grinder
  • Cutlery Grinder
  • Cutter Grinder
  • Cylinder Grinder
  • Deburrer
  • Deburring and Tooling Machine Operator
  • Deburring Machine Operator
  • Dial Buffer
  • Die Maintenance Technician
  • Dinger
  • Disc Sander
  • Disk Grinder
  • Disk Sander
  • Disk Sharpener
  • Double Reamer Operator
  • Dresser
  • Drill Bit Sharpener
  • Drill Grinder
  • Drum Sander
  • Dry Sander
  • Edge Grinder
  • Edger
  • Edging Machine Operator
  • Emery Grinder
  • Emery Wheel Worker
  • Enamel Buffer
  • End Polisher
  • External Grinder
  • Eye Glass Frame Polisher
  • Eyeglass Frames Polisher
  • Faucet Polisher
  • Fender Finisher
  • Fiberglass Finisher
  • File Machine Operator
  • Filing Machine Operator
  • Finish Filer
  • Finish Grinder
  • Finish Opener
  • Finisher
  • Flat Polisher
  • Flute Grinder
  • Flute Polisher
  • Gear Finisher
  • Gear Grinder
  • Gear Lapper
  • Gear Lapping Machine Operator
  • Gold Wheel Blocker and Polisher
  • Gold-Nib Grinder
  • Grinder
  • Grinder Machine Setter
  • Grinder Operator
  • Grinder Set Up Operator
  • Grinder Set-Up Operator, Gear, Tool
  • Grinding Machine Operator
  • Grinding Machine Tender
  • Grinding Wheel Dresser
  • Grinding Wheel Facer
  • Grinding Wheel Operator
  • Hob Grinder
  • Honer
  • Honing Job Setter
  • Honing Machine Operator
  • Honing Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Inside Barrel Polisher
  • Internal Grinder
  • Jet Blade Polisher
  • Jewel Bearing Facer
  • Jewel Bearing Grinder
  • Jewel Bearing Polisher
  • Jig Grinder Set-Up Operator
  • Job Setter
  • Key Filer
  • Key Sander
  • Knife Blade Polisher
  • Knife Edger
  • Knife Glazer
  • Knife Grinder
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Lap Grinder
  • Lap Machine Tender
  • Lapper
  • Lapping Machine Operator
  • Lapping Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Lawn Mower Sharpener
  • Linter Saw Sharpener
  • Machine Burrer
  • Machine Finisher
  • Machine Grinder
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Setter
  • Machine Tester
  • Machine Tool Dresser
  • Machinist
  • Magnetic Grinder Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Metal Buffer
  • Metal Burnisher
  • Metal Burrer
  • Metal Dresser
  • Metal Filer
  • Metal Finisher
  • Metal Furniture Polisher
  • Metal Grinder
  • Metal Polisher
  • Mirror Finishing Machine Operator
  • Mold Cutting Machine Operator
  • Mold Sander
  • Needle Grinder
  • Nicking Machine Operator
  • Notch Grinder
  • Operator
  • Pallet Rectifier
  • Pattern Filer
  • Pinion Polisher
  • Pivot Maker
  • Plate Grinder
  • Platen Grinder
  • Polisher
  • Polisher and Buffer
  • Polisher Apprentice
  • Polishing Machine Operator
  • Pot Sander
  • Printing Roller Polisher
  • Process Equipment Operator
  • Production Honing Machine Operator
  • Production Lapping Machine Operator
  • Profile Grinder Technician
  • Rail Grinder
  • Razor Grinder
  • Razor Sharpener
  • Roll Grinder
  • Roll Grinder Operator
  • Sample Grinder
  • Sand Bobber
  • Sand Buffer
  • Sand Polisher
  • Sander Operator
  • Sanding Machine Operator or Tender
  • Satin Finisher
  • Saw Grinder
  • Saw Setter
  • Saw Sharpener
  • Scissors Grinder
  • Scissors Sharpener
  • Scratch Brusher
  • Scratch Finisher
  • Screw Machine Operator
  • Screwhead Polisher
  • Seater Grinder
  • Set-Up Person
  • Shear Grinder Operator
  • Shot Grinder Operator
  • Shot Polisher
  • Silver Buffer
  • Silverware Buffer
  • Silverware Buffing Machine Operator
  • Silverware Cleaner
  • Sizing Machine Operator
  • Smoother
  • Snag Grinder
  • Snagger
  • Snailer
  • Steel Buffer
  • Steel Grinder
  • Stone Polisher
  • Stove Polisher
  • Strip Deburrer
  • Surface Grinder
  • Swing Grinder
  • Tap Grinder
  • Thread Grinder
  • Thread Tool Grinder Set-Up Operator
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool Dresser
  • Tool Grinder
  • Tool Honing Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Tool Polisher
  • Tool Polishing Machine Operator
  • Tooth Grinder
  • Tooth Polisher
  • Top Polisher
  • Track Grinder
  • Trimmer
  • Universal Grinder Operator
  • Valve Grinder
  • Watch Case Polisher
  • Watch Parts Grinder
  • Water Sander
  • Wet Sander
  • Wheel Buffer
  • Wheel Grinder
  • Wheel Polisher


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect or measure finished workpieces to determine conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as gauges or micrometers.
  • Lift and position workpieces, manually or with hoists, and secure them in hoppers or on machine tables, faceplates, or chucks, using clamps.
  • Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Observe machine operations to detect any problems, making necessary adjustments to correct problems.
  • Set and adjust machine controls according to product specifications, using knowledge of machine operation.
  • Measure workpieces and lay out work, using precision measuring devices.
  • Select machine tooling to be used, using knowledge of machine and production requirements.
  • Study blueprints, work orders, or machining instructions to determine product specifications, tool requirements, and operational sequences.
  • Mount and position tools in machine chucks, spindles, or other tool holding devices, using hand tools.
  • Activate machine start-up switches to grind, lap, hone, debar, shear, or cut workpieces, according to specifications.
  • Move machine controls to index workpieces, and to adjust machines for pre-selected operational settings.
  • Brush or spray lubricating compounds on workpieces, or turn valve handles and direct flow of coolant against tools and workpieces.
  • Compute machine indexings and settings for specified dimensions and base reference points.
  • Slide spacers between buffs on spindles to set spacing.
  • Thread and hand-feed materials through machine cutters or abraders.
  • Adjust air cylinders and setting stops to set traverse lengths and feed arm strokes.
  • Repair or replace machine parts, using hand tools, or notify engineering personnel when corrective action is required.
  • Maintain stocks of machine parts and machining tools.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Angle grinders
  • Barrel finishing machines
  • Bench clamps
  • Bore gauges
  • Buffing machines
  • Chuck wrenches
  • Computer numerical control CNC grinding machines
  • Computerized microscopes
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Cylinder grinders
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital comparators
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital radius gauges
  • Electric overhead travelling EOT cranes
  • Gage blocks
  • Gage pins
  • Hand deburring tools
  • Inner diameter ID grinders
  • Limit gauges
  • Metal polishing machines
  • Metalworking surface plates
  • Outer diameter OD grinders
  • Pipe chamfering machines
  • Power hoists
  • Surface grinding machines
  • Universal grinding machines
  • Vernier calipers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Manufacturing reporting system software
  • Mazak Mazatrol SMART CNC
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Oracle software
  • SAP software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220