Needle Grinder

Grind industrial knitting and sewing needles to sharpen points.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Needle Grinders do?

Grinds industrial knitting and sewing needles to sharpen points, using grinding wheels: Activates stone and wire-brush wheels and alternately presses needle against each rotating wheel to sharpen point. Applies emery to wire-brush wheel as needed to facilitate grinding process. Visually and tactually examines needle to ensure conformance to specifications. Records production.


Should I be a Needle Grinder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Needle Grinder

    Most Needle 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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