Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate machines to grind surfaces of metal workpieces.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates one or more centerless grinding machines to grind external or internal cylindrical or tapered surfaces of metal workpieces to blueprint specifications, following tooling instructions and standard charts and applying knowledge of grinding procedures: Reads blueprint and job order for product specifications, such as dimensions, tolerances, and number of parts to be ground, and tooling instructions, such as grinding speeds, feed rates, holding fixtures, and grinding wheels to be used. Mounts grinding wheel and regulating wheel on spindles with wrenches. Dresses wheels to specifications, using dressing device. Moves controls to set specified grinding speeds, feed rates, and spacing between wheel faces. Positions and secures work rest at specified height, using wrenches. Lifts and positions workpiece manually or with hoist, and secures it between wheels and on work rest. Starts machine and observes operation. Verifies dimensions of ground workpiece for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, calipers, and preset gauges. Changes worn grinding wheels, using wrenches. May set up automatic work-feeding device. May grind nonmetallic materials. May be required to have experience with custom or production work or with particular material, product, or precision level, or with machine of particular size, type, or trade name.


Should I be a Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Centerless Grinder, Centerless Grinder Operator, Centerless-Grinder Tender, Centerless-Grinding-Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operator

    Most Centerless Grinder Set-Up Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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