Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

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What do they do?

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Also known as:

Crankshaft Grinder, Cutter Grind Tool Technician, Cutter Grinder, Die Polisher, Finisher, Grinder, Grinder Operator, OD Grinder Operator (Outer Diameter Grinder Operator), Polisher, Saw Filer, Saw Fitter, Thread Grinder, Tool and Cutter Grinder, Tool Grinder, Workcell Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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    Ranks #23 in job growth rate
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    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #24 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.8%)
  • Associate's degree (6.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (21.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (48.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (18.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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