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Tool Grinders, Filers, & Sharpeners

Also called: Grinder, Grinder Operator, Machine Operator, Tool Grinder

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What they do:
Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Study blueprints or layouts of metal workpieces to determine grinding procedures, and to plan machine setups and operational sequences.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


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


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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


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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