Tool Grinders Job Description

The Tool Grinder performs precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Duties:

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

Knowledge

The Tool Grinder needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. The Tool Grinder needs knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques to maximize the effective manufacture of distribution of goods.

Skills and Abilities

The Tool Grinder needs the skill to adjust actions in relation to others’ actions in order to do the job function. The Tool Grinder needs the skill to conduct tests and inspections of products, services or processes to evaluate quality or performance. The Tool Grinder watches gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. The Tool Grinder 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 Tool Grinder must be able to determine the kind of tools and equipment they will need in order to do the job properly. The Tool Grinder must understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making. The Tool Grinder selects and uses training methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. The Tool Grinder must have the skill to control operations of equipment or systems. The Tool Grinder must perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed. The Tool Grinder uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities:

The Tool Grinder must have the ability to quickly move their hand, their hand together with the arm, or the two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The Tool Grinder needs the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, or assemble very small objects. The Tool Grinder 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 Tool Grinder needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The Tool Grinder must have good vision to see details at a very close range and work with very small parts. The Tool Grinder must have the ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The Tool Grinder needs the ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The Tool Grinder needs the ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. The Tool Grinder needs the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

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