Polishing Machine Operator

Set up and operate belt sanding machines to polish flat metal surfaces.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Polishing Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates belt sanding machine to polish flat metal surfaces, such as small arms parts and metal strips: Pushes button to lower drive wheel and installs abrasive belt of specified grit, using wrenches. Places metal part on conveyor belt and turns knobs to raise conveyor and bring workpiece into contact with polishing belt. Turns valves to regulate flow of coolant onto polishing belt and starts machine. Examines first run part to determine conformance of finish to specifications and adjusts height of conveyor as indicated to achieve specified finish. Replaces worn polishing belts, fills coolant tank, and cleans collection tank, using handtools, to maintain machine in operating condition.


Should I be a Polishing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Polishing-Machine Operator, Semiautomatic, Tool Polishing Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Polishing Machine Operator

    Most Polishing Machine Operators 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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