Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

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About the Job

Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.

It is also Called

  • Watch Crystal Grinder
  • Ware Cleaner
  • Veneer Manufacturer
  • Valve Grinder
  • Stoner
  • Stock Shaper
  • Steel Barrel Reamer
  • Spin Table Operator
  • Sandstone Inspector-Repairer
  • Sander and Buffer
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What They Do

  • Wash grit from stone, using hoses.
  • Spread emery powder or other polishing compounds on stone, or wet stone surfaces with hoses, and guide buffing wheels over stone to polish surfaces.
  • Clean brass particles from files by drawing file cards through file grooves.
  • Apply solutions and chemicals to equipment, objects, or parts, using hand tools.
  • Select files or other abrasives, according to materials, sizes and shapes of workpieces, amount of stock to be removed, finishes specified, and steps in finishing processes.
  • Record product and processing data on specified forms.
  • Fill cracks or imperfections in marble with wax that matches the stone color.
  • Load and adjust workpieces onto equipment or work tables, using hand tools.
  • Sharpen abrasive grinding tools, using machines and hand tools.
  • Study blueprints or layouts to determine how to lay out workpieces or saw out templates.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $34,520 with most people making between $22,340 and $49,400

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,050 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,030 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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