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

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wood Grinder Operator
  • Wood Grinder
  • Wood Flour Miller
  • White Lead Grinder
  • Wheel Mill Operator
  • Wheat and Oats Flake Miller
  • Wet Process Miller
  • Wet Pan Operator
  • Wet Mix Operator
  • Water Fabricator Operator
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What They Do

  • Observe operation of equipment to ensure continuity of flow, safety, and efficient operation, and to detect malfunctions.
  • Examine materials, ingredients, or products, visually or with hands, to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment that crushes, grinds, polishes, or blends materials.
  • Clean, adjust, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products at specified intervals to ensure conformance to requirements.
  • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps and conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
  • Record data from operations, testing, and production on specified forms.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $37,560 with most people making between $25,210 and $52,590

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 54 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 12 replacement openings for approximately 12 total annual openings.



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