• Metal and Plastic Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 41,380
    $26,450 range bar $52,220
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and plastic grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

What do they typically do

  • Measure workpieces and lay out work, using precision measuring devices
  • Inspect or measure finished workpieces to make sure they meet specifications, using measuring instruments such as gauges or micrometers
  • Compute machine indexings and settings for specified dimensions and base reference points
  • Set and adjust machine controls according to product specifications, using knowledge of machine operation
  • Study blueprints, work orders, or machining instructions to understand product specifications, tool requirements, and operational sequences
  • Watch machine operations to find any problems, making necessary adjustments to correct problems
  • Select machine tooling to be used, using knowledge of machine and production requirements
  • Lift and position workpieces, manually or with hoists, and secure them in hoppers or on machine tables, faceplates, or chucks, using clamps

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.6%
Job Opening 247

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