Phonograph Needle Tip Maker

Set up and operate grinding machines to grind precious-stone tips.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Phonograph Needle Tip Makers do?

Sets up and operates grinding machines to grind and polishes precious-stone tips of phonograph needles to specified point and finish: Mounts tip in holding shank, using tweezers, chemical dropper, and soldering iron. Sets up grinding wheel, dresses wheel with dressing tool, mounts shank containing tip in spindle or chuck, and grinds tip to form specified point, observing grinding under microscope or through loupe or viewing lens. Polishes tip on buffing wheel. May hold mounted tip against preset grinding wheel to do preliminary grinding. May examine finished tip for accuracy, using shadowgraph.


Should I be a Phonograph Needle Tip Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • 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: Grinder, Needle Tip

    How to Become a
    Phonograph Needle Tip Maker

    Phonograph Needle Tip Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Phonograph Needle Tip Maker-related education!
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