Platen Grinder

Tend pair of semiautomatic cylindrical grinders that grind rubber platens.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Platen Grinders do?

Tends pair of semiautomatic cylindrical grinders that grind typewriter and adding machine rubber platens and feed rollers to specified diameter and finish: Mounts platen between driving head and tailstock and trips lever causing carriage to bear platen against and across grinding wheel for coarse grind and rough finish. Removes platen, mounts it in second machine equipped with finer grit wheel, and grinds platen to specified diameter and desired finish. Examines finished platen for smoothness and for defects in rubber, such as scratches, graining, or holes. Measures platen for conformance to specified diameter, using C-gage. May tend double-bladed cutting device to trim excess rubber from ends of platen. May tend machine that grinds and finishes platens and rollers in single operation.

Should I be a Platen 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • How to become a Platen Grinder

    Most Platen 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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