Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $37,410.00
Average Time to Fill 37 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 4,363
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -2.58 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up production equipment or machinery
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment
Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow
Adjust metal or plastic processing equipment and machinery
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Set-up computer numerical control machines
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Perform installation or removal of equipment accessories or tools
Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures
Remove products or workpieces from production equipment
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids
Shape metal or plastic
Process metals using power or hand tools
File metal or plastic objects
Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production
Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment
Cut metal or plastic material
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow
Feed materials or products into or through equipment
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products
Load items into ovens or furnaces
Position raw materials on processing or production equipment
Cast metal objects
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Remove workpieces from molds
Cast precision cast patterns, molds, or dies to form objects
Install machine or equipment replacement parts
Pour material such as liquid plastic or metal into molds
Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds
Fabricate components for precision instruments
Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production
Skim impurities from molten metal
Assemble electronic, electrical, or electromechanical equipment
Prepare site or surface before casting metal
Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly
Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing
Build production molds
Construct molds for casting objects
Position machines, equipment, or structures

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Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

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