Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

Median Annual Wage: $33,070

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (37%); Less than high school diploma (29%); Post-secondary certificate (15%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Machine Operator; Grinder Operator; Miller; Mill Operator; Batch Mixer; Crusher Operator; Cullet Trucker; Fabricator; Slurry Control Operator Helper; Beveller Operator

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  • 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, to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, 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, or scrolls for signs of wear.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps and conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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