Profession surface grinding machine operator

Surface grinding machine operators set up and tend surface grinding machines designed to apply abrasive processes in order to remove small amounts of excess material and smoothen metal workpieces by an abrasive grinding wheel, or wash grinder, rotating on a horizontal or vertical axis.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Parts of a surface grinding machine

    The various compartments of machinery designed for grinding processes, such as the grinding wheel, wheel guard, table dog, saddle, table clamp, one-shot lubricator, and others.


  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Spot metal imperfections

    Observe and identify various kinds of imperfections in metal workpieces or finished products. Recognise the best fitted manner of fixing the problem, which could be caused by corrosion, rust, fractures, leaks, and other signs of wear.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Tend surface grinding machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to smoothen a metal surface by applying grinding, abrasive machine processes, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of metal structures supply machine with appropriate tools manufacturing of tools abrasive machining processes metal smoothing technologies manufacturing of metal assembly products perform test run inspect quality of products measure flatness of a surface keep records of work progress manufacturing of weapons and ammunition maintain mechanical equipment manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers provide advice to technicians manufacturing of cutlery consult technical resources manufacturing of metal containers manufacturing of light metal packaging manufacturing of metal household articles manufacturing of steam generators operate grinding hand tools mechanics manufacturing of heating equipment monitor automated machines manufacturing of doors from metal cutting technologies types of metal manufacturing processes ferrous metal processing operate precision measuring equipment manufacturing of door furniture from metal