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TOOL GRINDERS, FILERS, AND SHARPENERS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • 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.
  • Set up and operate grinding or polishing machines to grind metal workpieces, such as dies, parts, and tools.
  • Remove finished workpieces from machines and place them in boxes or on racks, setting aside pieces that are defective.
  • File or finish surfaces of workpieces, using prescribed hand tools.
  • Select and mount grinding wheels on machines, according to specifications, using hand tools and applying knowledge of abrasives and grinding procedures.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance..
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed..
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
New Haven $35,939.00 $17.28 $13.75 $14.04 - $18.58
 
Occupation Outlook:
 
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