Machine Finisher

Tend sanding-and-buffing machines that smooth surfaces of plastic sheets.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Finishers do?

Tends sanding-and-buffing machine that smooths and polishes surface of plastic sheets to specified finish: Installs sandpaper belt in machine and sets tension of buffer springs to regulate pressure of buffers on sheets, using wrench. Starts machine and feeds sheets into machine. Observes ammeter to verify machine load specified for sanding. Verifies thickness of finished sheets, using dial indicator micrometer. Examines surface of sheets for defects, such as scratches, dull spots, and cracks.


Should I be a Machine Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Body Finisher, Brass Finisher, Fender Finisher, Finisher, Machine, Finish Opener, Gear Finisher, Metal Burnisher See More

    How to become a Machine Finisher

    Most Machine Finishers 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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