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Tool Grinders, Filers, & Sharpeners

Also called: Finisher, Grinder, Saw Filer, Tool Grinder

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What they do:
Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.
On the job, you would:
  • Dress grinding wheels, according to specifications.
  • Monitor machine operations to determine whether adjustments are necessary, stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Inspect, feel, and measure workpieces to ensure that surfaces and dimensions meet specifications.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot Technology
  • ANCA ToolRoom
Computer aided design CAD and computer aided manufacturing CAM system
  • EdgeCam software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Zoller software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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