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Occupation Profile for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$23,880.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
5.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 75.2 Percentage That Completed High School
45,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 20.4 Percentage That Had Some College
42,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 4.4 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Aircraft Skin Burnisher
Barrel Finisher
Barrel Repairer
Beveler
Bit Shaver
Boat Buffer, Plastic
Buffer
Buffer, Hand
Burnisher, Balance Wheel Arm
Burrer
Casting Finisher
Chipper
Dresser
Edger, Hand
Fettler
Filer
Filer, Hand, Tool
Final Finisher, Forging Dies
Finisher
Finisher, Fiberglass Boat Parts
Finisher, Hand
Flat Surfacer
Frame Repairer
Glass Beveler
Glass Edger
Glass Finisher
Glass Grinder
Glass Polisher
Glass Sander
Glass Smoother
Gold Burnisher
Golf Club Facer
Grease Buffer
Grinder
Grinder Chipper
Grinder Operator
Gun Barrel Finisher
Hand Buffer
Hand Filer, Balance Wheel
Hand Grinder
Hand Sander
Inspector-Repairer, Sandstone
Jewel Bearing Broacher
Jewel Bearing Polisher
Jewel Bearing Turner
Jewel Grinder
Jewel Hole Cornerer
Jewelry Grinder
Jewelry Manufacturer
Jewelry Polisher
Knife Grinder
Laborer
Laborer, Grinding and Polishing
Metal Finisher
Metal Mold Dresser
Metal Sander
Metal Sander and Finisher
Metal Technician
Mirror Polisher
Mold Dresser
Mold Finisher
Mold Stamper and Repairer
Needle Polisher
Nib Finisher
Patch Sander
Pipe Buffer
Pipe Finisher
Pivot End Polisher
Plate Conditioner
Polisher
Polisher, Dial
Polisher, Hand
Polisher, Implant
Production Cell Operator
Reamer, Center Hole
Reamer, Hand
Ring Polisher
Rough Opener, Jewel Hole
Sandblaster
Sander
Sander and Buffer
Scraper, Hand
Shaper, Hand
Snag Grinder
Solar Film Installer
Spigot Grinder
Spin Table Operator
Steel Barrel Reamer
Stock Shaper
Stone Fabricator
Stone Polisher, Hand
Stoner
Stoner, Hand
Valve Grinder
Ware Cleaner
Watch Crystal Grinder
Wood Sander, Hand

Related Occupations

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — File grooved, contoured, and irregular surfaces of metal objects, such as metalworking dies and machine parts, to conform to templates, other parts, layouts, or blueprint specifications.
  • Core — Record product and processing data on specified forms.
  • Supplemental — Fill cracks or imperfections in marble with wax that matches the stone color.
  • Core — Trim, scrape, or deburr objects or parts, using chisels, scrapers, and other hand tools and equipment.
  • Supplemental — Clean brass particles from files by drawing file cards through file grooves.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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