Profession grinding machine operator

Grinding machine operators set up, program and control grinding machines, designed to apply abrasive processes in order to remove small amounts of excess material and smoothen metal workpieces by using an abrasive wheel with diamond teeth as a cutting device for very precise and light cuts. They read grinding machine blueprints and tooling instructions, perform regular machine maintenance, and make adjustments to the grinding controls, such as the depth of cuts and the rotation speed.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Statistical process control

    Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.

  • CAM software

    Different tools for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to control machinery and machine tools in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation as part of the manufacturing processes of workpieces.

Skills

  • Use CAM software

    Use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programmes to control machinery and machine tools in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation as part of the manufacturing processes of workpieces.

  • Program a CNC controller

    Set up the desired product design in the CNC controller of the CNC machine for product manufacturing.

  • Interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances

    Understand and assess the models and symbolic language of the GD&T system indicating engineering tolerances.

  • Apply control process statistical methods

    Applies statistical methods from Design of Experiments (DOE) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) in order to control manufacturing processes.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Use automatic programming

    Utilise specialised software tools to generate computer code from specifications, such as diagrams, structured informations or other means of describing functionality.

Optional knowledge and skills

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