Surface Tool Grinder Operator

Set up and operate surface grinding machines.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Surface Tool Grinder Operators do?

Sets up and operates surface grinding machines with horizontal or vertical spindle and reciprocating or rotating table to grind flat or contoured surfaces of metal workpieces, such as tool, die, and machine parts, usually for limited runs, analyzing specifications and selecting tooling according to knowledge of surface grinding procedures: Studies blueprint or layout on workpiece to visualize grinding to be done and plans sequence of operations. Positions and secures workpiece on magnetic chuck, in holding fixture, or directly to machine table. Selects grinding wheel, grinding speeds, and feed rates for each operation according to knowledge of metal properties and abrasives, and mounts wheel on spindle. Moves device to dress wheel. Moves controls and reads dials to set rotation speeds and feed rates. Positions and tightens stops to limit table travel. Moves controls to feed workpiece to wheel or vice versa. Turns valve handle and directs flow of coolant against wheel and workpiece. Verifies dimensions of ground workpiece for conformance to specifications, using such measuring instruments as micrometers, comparators, dial indicators, gauge blocks, and load test equipment. May dress grinding wheel to specified profile for contour grinding, using special fixtures and tools. May grind nonmetallic materials, such as plastics. May operate tracer attachment to duplicate contours from templates or models. May be required to have experience with particular material, product, or precision level, or with machine of particular size, type, or trade name.

Should I be a Surface Tool 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Grinder Operator, Surface, Tool, Precision Grinder, Surface, Rotary-Surface Grinder, Surface Grinder See More

    How to Become a
    Surface Tool Grinder Operator

    Most Surface Tool 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:9taaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2824%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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