Grinding Machine Operator Job Description

The Grinding Machine Operator job function is to perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Duties:

The Grinding Machine Operator must dress grinding wheels, according to specifications. The Grinding Machine Operator job function includes monitoring machine operations to determine whether adjustments are necessary; stop machines when problems occur. The Grinding Machine Operator inspects feels, and measure work pieces to ensure that surfaces and dimensions meet specifications. The Grinding Machine Operator sets up and operates grinding or polishing machines to grind metal work pieces such as dies, parts, and tools. The Grinding Machine Operator removes finished work pieces from machines and places them in boxes or on racks; set aside pieces that are defective. The Grinding Machine Operator files or finishes surfaces of work pieces, using prescribed hand tools. The Grinding Machine Operator selects and mounts grinding wheels on machines, according to specifications, using hand tools and applying knowledge of abrasives and grinding procedures. The Grinding Machine Operator performs basic maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating machine parts. The Grinding Machines Operator removes and replace worn or broken machine parts, using hand tools. The Grinding Machine Operator computes numbers, widths, and angles of cutting tools, micrometers, scales, and gauges, and adjusts tools to produce specified cuts.

Skills:

The Grinding Machine Operator adjusts actions in relation to others’ actions. The Grinding Machine Operator conducts tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. The Grinding Machine Operator watches gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. The Grinding Machine Operator must give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. The Grinding Machine Operator determines the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. The Grinding Machine Operator understands the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making. The Grinding Machine Operator selects and uses training methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. The Grinding Machine Operator controls operations of equipment or systems. The Grinding Machine Operator performs routine maintenance on equipment and determines when and what kind of maintenance is needed. The Grinding Machine Operator uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities:

The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to quickly move the hand, the hand together with the arm or the two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to keep the hand and arm steady while moving the arm or while holding the arm and hand in one position. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability quickly and repeatedly adjusts the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem; only recognize there is a problem. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to see details at close range that is within a few feet away from the object. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to use either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes. The Grinding Machine Operator needs the ability to observe, receive, and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources.

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