Profession stone polisher

Stone polishers operate grinding and polishing tools and equipment in order to smooth stones.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Personal protective equipment

    Types of protective materials and equipment foreseen for various types of tasks such as general or specialised cleaning activities.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Types of stone for working

    Different types of stone that stonemasons and other stone workers use to process into building materials. The mechanical properties of stone, such as their weight, tensile strength, durability. Economical properties such as cost, transport and sourcing.

  • Quality and cycle time optimisation

    The most optimal rotation or cycle time and over-all quality of a tool or a machine's processes.

Skills

  • Inspect stone surface

    Inspect the surface of the stone to identify any uneven areas.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Prepare stone for smoothing

    Prepare the stone for the smoothing process by wetting it with the hose.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Polish stone surfaces

    Polish stone using polishing tools and machines in order to obtained a smooth and lustrous product.

  • Wash stone

    Wash the stone chips obtained while drilling, by using water hose.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Use abrasive wheel

    Use the specific abrasive wheel or the step in the finishing process according to the type of stone or workpiece.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Measure materials

    Measure the raw materials prior to their loading in the mixer or in machines, ensuring they conform with the specifications.

  • Use polishing compounds

    Use the specified polishing compound such as emery powder, spreading it on the stone.

Optional knowledge and skills

polish stone by hand mark stone workpieces operate engraving equipment wax imperfections identify customer's needs maintain equipment design objects to be crafted remove inadequate workpieces mechanics consult technical resources perform test run keep records of work progress operate forklift read standard blueprints measure flatness of a surface pack stone products abrasive machining processes record production data monitor automated machines operate precision measuring equipment operate grinding hand tools inspect quality of products operate lifting equipment report defective manufacturing materials produce different surface finishes

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