CAREER

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$41,060

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-4.8% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners Do

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

Other Job Titles Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners May Have

Cutter Grinder, Finisher, Grinder, Grinder Operator, OD Grinder Operator (Outer Diameter Grinder Operator), Saw Filer, Tool Grinder, Tool and Cutter Grinder

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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