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Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

    Work Activities
    • Observe operation of equipment to ensure continuity of flow, safety, and efficient operation, and to detect malfunctions.
    • Examine materials, ingredients, or products, visually or with hands, to ensure conformance to established standards.
    • Move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment that crushes, grinds, polishes, or blends materials.
    • Clean, adjust, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
    • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
    • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products at specified intervals to ensure conformance to requirements.
    • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
    • Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
    • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps and conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
    • Record data from operations, testing, and production on specified forms.
    • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
    • Set mill gauges to specified fineness of grind.
    • Load materials into machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
    • Clean work areas.
    • Notify supervisors of needed repairs.
    • Transfer materials, supplies, and products between work areas, using moving equipment and hand tools.
    • Reject defective products and readjust equipment to eliminate problems.
    • Inspect chains, belts, or scrolls for signs of wear.
    • Mark bins as to types of mixtures stored.
    • Turn valves to regulate the moisture contents of materials.
    • Add or mix chemicals and ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
    • Break mixtures to size, using picks.
    • 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.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • 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.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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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    • Ohio Annual Salary $39,750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.11/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,180
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Realistic: 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
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
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