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Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect or measure finished workpieces to determine conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as gauges or micrometers.
    • Measure workpieces and lay out work, using precision measuring devices.
    • Observe machine operations to detect any problems, making necessary adjustments to correct problems.
    • Move machine controls to index workpieces, and to adjust machines for pre-selected operational settings.
    • Study blueprints, work orders, or machining instructions to determine product specifications, tool requirements, and operational sequences.
    • Select machine tooling to be used, using knowledge of machine and production requirements.
    • Compute machine indexings and settings for specified dimensions and base reference points.
    • Mount and position tools in machine chucks, spindles, or other tool holding devices, using hand tools.
    • Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic workpieces.
    • Activate machine start-up switches to grind, lap, hone, debar, shear, or cut workpieces, according to specifications.
    • Set and adjust machine controls according to product specifications, using knowledge of machine operation.
    • Brush or spray lubricating compounds on workpieces, or turn valve handles and direct flow of coolant against tools and workpieces.
    • Lift and position workpieces, manually or with hoists, and secure them in hoppers or on machine tables, faceplates, or chucks, using clamps.
    • Repair or replace machine parts, using hand tools, or notify engineering personnel when corrective action is required.
    • Maintain stocks of machine parts and machining tools.
    • Thread and hand-feed materials through machine cutters or abraders.
    • Adjust air cylinders and setting stops to set traverse lengths and feed arm strokes.
    • Slide spacers between buffs on spindles to set spacing.
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Control Precision

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

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Production and Processing

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

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • 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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    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,940/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.28/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,970
    • Yearly Projected Openings 620
    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
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    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.