CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects. Dress grinding wheels, according to specifications.
 
Monitor machine operations to determine whether adjustments are necessary; stop machines when problems occur.
 
Inspect, feel, and measure workpieces to ensure that surfaces and dimensions meet specifications.
 
Set up and operate grinding or polishing machines to grind metal workpieces such as dies, parts, and tools.
 
Remove finished workpieces from machines and place them in boxes or on racks; set aside pieces that are defective.
 
File or finish surfaces of workpieces, using prescribed hand tools.
 
Select and mount grinding wheels on machines, according to specifications, using hand tools and applying knowledge of abrasives and grinding procedures.
 
Perform basic maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating machine parts.
 
Remove and replace worn or broken machine parts, using hand tools.
 
Compute numbers, widths, and angles of cutting tools, micrometers, scales, and gauges, and adjust tools to produce specified cuts.
 
Study blueprints or layouts of metal workpieces to determine grinding procedures, and to plan machine setups and operational sequences.
 
Turn valves to direct flow of coolant against cutting wheels and workpieces during grinding.
 
Fit parts together in preassembly to ensure that dimensions are accurate.
 
Inspect dies to detect defects, assess wear, and verify specifications, using micrometers, steel gauge pins, and loupes.
 
Duplicate workpiece contours, using tracer attachments.
 
Straighten workpieces and remove dents, using straightening presses and hammers.
 
Attach workpieces to grinding machines, then form specified sections and repair cracks, using welding or brazing equipment.
 
Place workpieces in electroplating solutions or apply pigments to surfaces of workpieces to highlight ridges and grooves.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
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.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving 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.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
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 there is a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed 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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience None
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator)
Card Grinder
Cell Operator
Crankshaft Grinder
Cutter Grind Tool Technician
Cutter Grinder
Cylinder Grinder
Die Barber
Die Fitter
Die Grinder
Die Polisher
Die Reamer
Die Trimmer
Finish Filer
Finisher
Finishing Cell Grinder
Grinder
Grinder Cell Operator
Grinder Operator, External, Tool
Grinder Operator, Surface, Tool
Hand Tool Lapper
Internal Grinder Set-Up Operator
Machine Operator
Machinist
Maintenance Machinist
Mechanic
Mold Maker
Mold Polisher
Mold Repair Person
OD Grinder Operator (Outer Diameter Grinder Operator)
Polisher
Precision Grinder
Precision Honer
Sapphire Stylus Grinder
Saw Filer
Saw Fitter
Saw Straightener
Sharpener
Special Process Person
Thread Grinder
Tool Dresser
Tool Grinder
Tool Grinder Operator
Tool Grinding Machine Operator
Tool Maintenance Worker
Tool Maker
Tool Room Grinder
Tool Sharpener
Tool Straightener
Tool and Cutter Grinder
Tool and Die Maker
Universal Grinder Set-Up Operator
Utility Person
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Tool Grinders, Filers and Sharpeners
 
 
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