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Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Select and mount grinding wheels on machines, according to specifications, using hand tools and applying knowledge of abrasives and grinding procedures.
    • Compute numbers, widths, and angles of cutting tools, micrometers, scales, and gauges, and adjust tools to produce specified cuts.
    • Turn valves to direct flow of coolant against cutting wheels and workpieces during grinding.
    • Set up and operate grinding or polishing machines to grind metal workpieces, such as dies, parts, and tools.
    • Dress grinding wheels, according to specifications.
    • File or finish surfaces of workpieces, using prescribed hand tools.
    • Remove finished workpieces from machines and place them in boxes or on racks, setting aside pieces that are defective.
    • Perform basic maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating machine parts.
    • Fit parts together in pre-assembly to ensure that dimensions are accurate.
    • Attach workpieces to grinding machines and form specified sections and repair cracks, using welding or brazing equipment.
    • Duplicate workpiece contours, using tracer attachments.
    • Inspect dies to detect defects, assess wear, and verify specifications, using micrometers, steel gauge pins, and loupes.
    • Remove and replace worn or broken machine parts, using hand tools.
    • Place workpieces in electroplating solutions or apply pigments to surfaces of workpieces to highlight ridges and grooves.
    • Straighten workpieces and remove dents, using straightening presses and hammers.

    Skills

    • Operations 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 39360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

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    Personality

    Realistic: 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

    Tools

    • Power grinders
    • Calipers
    • Bench grinder
    • Automatic lathe or chucking machine
    • Angle gauge

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD and computer aided manufacturing CAM system

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