Lap Grinder

Tend lapping machines that grind flat watch parts to specified thickness.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lap Grinders do?

Tends lapping machine that grinds flat watch parts to specified thickness: Secures parts, shellacked onto surface of metal blocks, to holding fixture that rotates blocks on surface of revolving wheel. Spreads oil and abrasive powder over wheel, and adjusts automatic timer to permit grinding for specified period. Tests thickness of parts with micrometer. Removes parts from block, using brush and cleaning solution, and cleans parts by dipping them into series of cleaning solutions. Resurfaces lapping wheel, using automatic turning machine.

Should I be a Lap Grinder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Grinder, Lap, Tap Grinder

    How to become a Lap Grinder

    Most Lap Grinders 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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