CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber. Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
 
Observe operation of equipment to ensure continuity of flow, safety, and efficient operation, and to detect malfunctions.
 
Move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment that crushes, grinds, polishes, or blends materials.
 
Record data from operations, testing, and production on specified forms.
 
Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands, in order to ensure conformance to established standards.
 
Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, and/or products at specified intervals to ensure conformance to requirements.
 
Clean, adjust and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
 
Notify supervisors of needed repairs.
 
Set mill gauges to specified fineness of grind.
 
Reject defective products and readjust equipment to eliminate problems.
 
Clean work areas.
 
Transfer materials, supplies, and products between work areas, using moving equipment and hand tools.
 
Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
 
Inspect chains, belts, and scrolls for signs of wear.
 
Tend accessory equipment such as pumps and conveyors in order to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
 
Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
 
Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
 
Mark bins as to types of mixtures stored.
 
Turn valves to regulate the moisture contents of materials.
 
Load materials into machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
 
Add or mix chemicals and ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
 
Break mixtures to size, using picks.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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).
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing 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.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Ammeters Ammeters
 
Belt scales Weight measuring instrument accessories
 
Chipping hammers Power chippers
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Comealongs Pullers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dollies Dollies
 
Forklifts Forklifts
 
Front end loaders Front end loaders
 
Grease guns Grease guns
 
Handtrucks Hand trucks or accessories
 
Holding clamps Hold down clamps
 
Hole cutters Hole saws
 
Hole punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Layout squares Squares
 
Locking pliers Locking pliers
 
Mallets Mallets
 
Material-hoisting slings Slings
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Mini loaders Wheel loaders
 
Overhead cranes Track cranes
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Picks Picks
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power grinders Power grinders
 
Pressurized air cleaners Pressure or steam cleaners
 
Protective ear plugs Ear plugs
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Ratchets Ratchets
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Scrapers Razor knives
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Wire brushes Wire brushes
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Abrasive Grinder
Air Bag Buffer
Air Chipper
Automatic Blocker
Automatic Buffer
Automatic Corn Grinder Operator
Automatic Grinding Machine Operator
Automatic Pattern Edger
Back Grinder
Ball Truing Machine Operator
Bark Grinder
Barytes Grinder
Batch Maker
Batch Mixer
Beater Engineer
Beater Engineer Helper
Bed Rubber
Beef Grinder
Beveler
Beveling Machine Operator
Beveling and Edging Machine Operator
Beveller Operator
Billet Sawyer
Bin Operator
Binman
Blanchard Grinder Operator
Blocker
Bone Crusher
Bone Grinder
Bowling Ball Finisher
Breaker Machine Operator
Breaker Tender
Breaking Machine Operator
Brush Sander
Buffer
Buffing and Sueding Machine Operator
Buhr Mill Operator
Bystronic Operator
Calciner
Carbon Grinder
Carbon Plant Grinder
Chisel Trimmer
Cinder Crusher Operator
Circle Beveler
Circle Edger
Clay Grinder
Clay Temperer
Coal Crusher Operator
Coal Mill Operator
Coal Pulverizing Operator
Cocoa Room Operator
Coffee Grinder
Coke Crusher Operator
Compounder
Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
Continuous Crusher Operator
Contour Grinder
Convex Grinder
Convex Grinder Operator
Copra Processor
Corn Grinder
Corn Husker
Cracker
Crusher Feeder
Crusher Operator
Crusher Plant Operator
Crusher Setter
Crusher Tender
Crusher and Blender Operator
Crushing Machine Operator
Crystal Cutter
Crystal Grinder
Crystal Lapper
Cullet Crusher
Cullet Crusher and Washer
Cullet Trucker
Cullet Washer
Custom Grinder
Custom Miller
Deburring Machine Operator
Deoiling Machine Operator
Disc-Pad Grinder
Distillery Miller
Dry Pan Operator
Edger
Edging Machine Setter
Equipment Man
Equipment Worker
Fabricator
Facer
Feed Crusher
Feed Crusher Operator
Feed Grinder
Feed Mill Operator
Feed Mill Tender
Finger Grip Machine Operator
Finish Machine Tender
Finishing Machine Tender
First Crusher
Frit Maker
Glass Belt Sander
Glass Edger Operator
Glass Grinder
Glass Worker
Glaze Grinder
Glaze Maker
Gold Reclaimer
Granite Polisher
Graphite Grinder
Grated Cheese Maker
Greenstone Polisher Operator
Grinder
Grinder Mill Operator
Grinder Operator
Grinder Tender
Grinding Mill Operator
Gristmill Operator
Gristmiller
Grit Blaster
Gritter
Gritting Machine Operator
Groover
Gypsum Calciner
Hammer Mill Operator
Hand Grinder
Hardboard Grinder
Head Grinder
Head Miller
Hide or Skin Buffer
Hog Tender
Hull Grinder
Huller
Huller Operator
Husker Operator
Hydration Plant Operator
Hydrator
Hydrator Operator
Hydropulper
Hydropulper Operator
Industrial Coffee Grinder
Inflated-Pad Buffer
Ink Grinder
Ivory Polisher
Jewel Bearing Facer
Jewel Bearing Grinder
Jewel Corner Brushing Machine Operator
Jewel Cupping Machine Operator
Jewel Flat Surfacer
Jewel Grinder
Jewel Hole Finish Opener
Kontura Operator
Laboratory Apparatus Glass Grinder
Laboratory Miller
Lacquer Maker
Leguillon Debeader
Lens Cleaner
Lens Fabricating Machine Tender
Lens Grinding Machine Operator
Level Vial Grinder
Level Vial Inside Grinder
Liquor Grinder Mill Operator
Liquor Grinding Mill Operator
Log Chipper Operator
Machine Buffer
Machine Operator
Machine Sand Mixer
Machine Stone Polisher
Machine Stone Polisher Apprentice
Machine Tender
Machine Turner
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Marble Machine Operator
Marble Polisher
Marble Rubber
Marble and Granite Polisher
Meal Grinder Tender
Meal Miller
Meat Grinder
Merchant Miller
Milk Powder Grinder
Mill Attendant
Mill Operator
Mill and Coal Transport Operator
Miller
Miller Apprentice
Mirror Finishing Machine Operator
Miter Grinder Operator
Mix Crusher Operator
Mold Chipper
Mold Dresser
Mold Polisher
Notch Grinder
Nut Grinder
Nut Sheller
Ore Crusher
Paint Grinder
Peanut Sheller
Pebble Mill Operator
Pecan Huller
Pecan Sheller
Perlite Grinder
Pet Food Deboner
Pigment Grinder
Pipe Bowl Paint Trimmer
Planer Operator
Planer Stone
Plant Operator
Plate Glass Grinder
Plate Glass Polisher
Platen Grinder
Polisher
Polishing Machine Operator
Polishing Machine Tender
Powder Mill Operator
Press Operator
Production Operator
Pulp Grinder
Pulp Grinder and Blender
Pulp Refiner Operator
Pulper
Pulverizer
Pulverizer Mill Operator
Pulverizer Operator
Radius Corner Machine Operator
Raw Mill Operator
Reeler
Refiner Operator
Refining Machine Operator
Regrinder
Rock Crusher
Rock Crusher Operator
Rock Crushing Machine Operator
Rod Mill Tender
Roll Grinder
Roll Tender
Roller
Roller Coverer
Roller Mill Operator
Rough and Trueing Machine Operator
Rough and Truing Machine Operator
Rubber Grinder
Rubbing Bed Operator
Sagger Preparer
Salt Grinder
Salt Washer
Sand Mill Grinder
Sandblast Operator
Sandblaster
Sander
Sander Operator
Sausage Grinder
Save All Operator
Scale Reclamation Tender
Scratcher Tender
Second Miller
Seed Yeast Operator
Shaker
Shaper
Shot Blast Equipment Operator
Shot Blaster
Shotblast Operator
Shotblaster
Shredder Operator
Shredding Floor Equipment Operator
Sifter
Slab Grinder
Slate Splitter
Slurry Control Operator Helper
Smoother
Snuff Grinder
Snuff Grinder and Screener
Snuff Maker
Soap Grinder
Spice Grinder
Spice Miller
Sponge Buffer
Spouter
Stamper
Stamping Mill Tender
Stone Lathe Operator
Stone Mill Operator
Stone Planer
Stone Rougher
Stopper Grinder
Straight Line Edger
Strip Polisher
Sugar Chipper Machine Operator
Sugar Grinder
Surface Plate Finisher
Sweet Potato Disintegrator
Synthetic Soil Blocks Pulper
Third Miller
Tile Grinder
Tire Buffer
Tombstone Polisher
Top Polisher
Touch-Up Edger
Tube Buffer
Tumbler
Tumbler Operator
Unit Operator
Unit Tender
Wafer Abrading Machine Tender
Ware Dresser
Waredresser
Washer and Crusher Tender
Watch Crystal Edge Grinder
Wet Mix Operator
Wet Pan Operator
Wet Process Miller
Wheat and Oats Flake Miller
Wheel Mill Operator
White Lead Grinder
Wood Flour Miller
Wood Grinder
Wood Grinder Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Crushing, Grinding, Polishing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
 
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