Shot Grinder Operator

Tend machines that grind and polish steel pellets.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shot Grinder Operators do?

Tends machine that grinds and polishes steel pellets to specified diameter for use as BB shot in air guns: Scoops pellets into feed hopper and starts machine. Turns valve to control coolant flow and adds scouring powder to hasten abrasive action. Measures ejected shot at machine discharge chute to verify size, using gauges, and turns handwheel to adjust pressure plates that increase or decrease size of shot.

Should I be a Shot Grinder Operator?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Grinding Wheel Operator, Roll Grinder Operator, Swing-Frame-Grinder Operator

    How to become a Shot Grinder Operator

    Most Shot Grinder 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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