Tend machines that grind particles of solid plastics materials.

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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Grinders do?

Tends machine that grinds particles of solid plastics materials to specified size: Starts machine and dumps or shovels plastics into hopper. Observes equipment to detect stoppages. May clean equipment with airhose, scrapers, or brushes. May tend machine that grinds scrap material for reuse and be designated Regrinder Operator.

Should I be a Grinder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Back Grinder, Backside Grinder, Bark Grinder, Barytes Grinder, Beef Grinder, Bone Grinder, Chili-Pepper Grinder See More

    How to become a Grinder

    Most Grinders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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