Tool Dresser

Operate compressed-air or steam-driven machines to sharpen large drills.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tool Dressers do?

Operates compressed-air or steam-driven machine to sharpen large drills, such as rock drills, used in construction, mining, quarrying, and well-drilling: Places cutting end of drill in forge to heat cutting edge to increase malleability. Inserts heated drill into die space on machine. Starts hammering action of die to shape cutting edge of drill. Stops machine and removes edged drill. Tempers drill by heating it in forge and quenching it in water, brine, or oil.


Should I be a Tool Dresser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Tool-Dresser

    How to become a Tool Dresser

    Tool Dressers 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 Tool Dresser-related education!
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