Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-9021.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
30,200 employed

Projected (2024):
27,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Abrasive Grinder
  • Air Bag Buffer
  • Air Chipper
  • Automatic Blocker
  • Automatic Buffer
  • Automatic Corn Grinder Operator
  • Automatic Grinding Machine Operator
  • Automatic Pattern Edger
  • Back Grinder
  • Ball Truing Machine Operator
  • Bark Grinder
  • Barytes Grinder
  • Batch Maker
  • Batch Mixer
  • Beater Engineer
  • Beater Engineer Helper
  • Bed Rubber
  • Beef Grinder
  • Beveler
  • Beveling and Edging Machine Operator
  • Beveling Machine Operator
  • Beveller Operator
  • Billet Sawyer
  • Bin Operator
  • Binman
  • Blanchard Grinder Operator
  • Blocker
  • Bone Crusher
  • Bone Grinder
  • Bowling Ball Finisher
  • Breaker Machine Operator
  • Breaker Tender
  • Breaking Machine Operator
  • Brush Sander
  • Buffer
  • Buffing and Sueding Machine Operator
  • Buhr Mill Operator
  • Bystronic Operator
  • Calciner
  • Carbon Grinder
  • Carbon Plant Grinder
  • Chisel Trimmer
  • Cinder Crusher Operator
  • Circle Beveler
  • Circle Edger
  • Clay Grinder
  • Clay Temperer
  • Coal Crusher Operator
  • Coal Mill Operator
  • Coal Pulverizing Operator
  • Cocoa Room Operator
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coke Crusher Operator
  • Compounder
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Continuous Crusher Operator
  • Contour Grinder
  • Convex Grinder
  • Convex Grinder Operator
  • Copra Processor
  • Corn Grinder
  • Corn Husker
  • Cracker
  • Crusher and Blender Operator
  • Crusher Feeder
  • Crusher Operator
  • Crusher Plant Operator
  • Crusher Setter
  • Crusher Tender
  • Crushing Machine Operator
  • Crystal Cutter
  • Crystal Grinder
  • Crystal Lapper
  • Cullet Crusher
  • Cullet Crusher and Washer
  • Cullet Trucker
  • Cullet Washer
  • Custom Grinder
  • Custom Miller
  • Deburring Machine Operator
  • Deoiling Machine Operator
  • Disc-Pad Grinder
  • Distillery Miller
  • Dry Pan Operator
  • Edger
  • Edging Machine Setter
  • Equipment Man
  • Equipment Worker
  • Fabricator
  • Facer
  • Feed Crusher
  • Feed Crusher Operator
  • Feed Grinder
  • Feed Mill Operator
  • Feed Mill Tender
  • Finger Grip Machine Operator
  • Finish Machine Tender
  • Finishing Machine Tender
  • First Crusher
  • Frit Maker
  • Glass Belt Sander
  • Glass Edger Operator
  • Glass Grinder
  • Glass Worker
  • Glaze Grinder
  • Glaze Maker
  • Gold Reclaimer
  • Granite Polisher
  • Graphite Grinder
  • Grated Cheese Maker
  • Greenstone Polisher Operator
  • Grinder
  • Grinder Mill Operator
  • Grinder Operator
  • Grinder Tender
  • Grinding Machine Operator
  • Grinding Mill Operator
  • Gristmill Operator
  • Gristmiller
  • Grit Blaster
  • Gritter
  • Gritting Machine Operator
  • Groover
  • Gypsum Calciner
  • Hammer Mill Operator
  • Hand Grinder
  • Hardboard Grinder
  • Head Grinder
  • Head Miller
  • Hide or Skin Buffer
  • Hog Tender
  • Hull Grinder
  • Huller
  • Huller Operator
  • Husker Operator
  • Hydration Plant Operator
  • Hydrator
  • Hydrator Operator
  • Hydropulper
  • Hydropulper Operator
  • Industrial Coffee Grinder
  • Inflated-Pad Buffer
  • Ink Grinder
  • Ivory Polisher
  • Jewel Bearing Facer
  • Jewel Bearing Grinder
  • Jewel Corner Brushing Machine Operator
  • Jewel Cupping Machine Operator
  • Jewel Flat Surfacer
  • Jewel Grinder
  • Jewel Hole Finish Opener
  • Kontura Operator
  • Laboratory Apparatus Glass Grinder
  • Laboratory Miller
  • Lacquer Maker
  • Leguillon Debeader
  • Lens Cleaner
  • Lens Fabricating Machine Tender
  • Lens Grinding Machine Operator
  • Level Vial Grinder
  • Level Vial Inside Grinder
  • Liquor Grinder Mill Operator
  • Liquor Grinding Mill Operator
  • Log Chipper Operator
  • Machine Buffer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Sand Mixer
  • Machine Stone Polisher
  • Machine Stone Polisher Apprentice
  • Machine Tender
  • Machine Turner
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Marble and Granite Polisher
  • Marble Machine Operator
  • Marble Polisher
  • Marble Rubber
  • Meal Grinder Tender
  • Meal Miller
  • Meat Grinder
  • Merchant Miller
  • Milk Powder Grinder
  • Mill and Coal Transport Operator
  • Mill Attendant
  • Mill Operator
  • Miller
  • Miller Apprentice
  • Mirror Finishing Machine Operator
  • Miter Grinder Operator
  • Mix Crusher Operator
  • Mold Chipper
  • Mold Dresser
  • Mold Polisher
  • Notch Grinder
  • Nut Grinder
  • Nut Sheller
  • Ordnance Equipment Worker
  • Ore Crusher
  • Paint Grinder
  • Peanut Sheller
  • Pebble Mill Operator
  • Pecan Huller
  • Pecan Sheller
  • Perlite Grinder
  • Pet Food Deboner
  • Pigment Grinder
  • Pipe Bowl Paint Trimmer
  • Planer Operator
  • Planer Stone
  • Plant Operator
  • Plate Glass Grinder
  • Plate Glass Polisher
  • Platen Grinder
  • Polisher
  • Polishing Machine Operator
  • Polishing Machine Tender
  • Powder Mill Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Production Operator
  • Pulp Grinder
  • Pulp Grinder and Blender
  • Pulp Refiner Operator
  • Pulper
  • Pulverizer
  • Pulverizer Mill Operator
  • Pulverizer Operator
  • Radius Corner Machine Operator
  • Raw Mill Operator
  • Reeler
  • Refiner Operator
  • Refining Machine Operator
  • Regrinder
  • Rock Crusher
  • Rock Crusher Operator
  • Rock Crushing Machine Operator
  • Rod Mill Tender
  • Roll Grinder
  • Roll Tender
  • Roller
  • Roller Coverer
  • Roller Mill Operator
  • Rough and Trueing Machine Operator
  • Rough and Truing Machine Operator
  • Rubber Grinder
  • Rubbing Bed Operator
  • Sagger Preparer
  • Salt Grinder
  • Salt Washer
  • Sand Mill Grinder
  • Sandblast Operator
  • Sandblaster
  • Sander
  • Sander Operator
  • Sausage Grinder
  • Save All Operator
  • Scale Reclamation Tender
  • Scratcher Tender
  • Second Miller
  • Seed Yeast Operator
  • Shaker
  • Shaper
  • Shot Blast Equipment Operator
  • Shot Blaster
  • Shotblast Operator
  • Shotblaster
  • Shredder Operator
  • Shredding Floor Equipment Operator
  • Sifter
  • Slab Grinder
  • Slate Splitter
  • Slurry Control Operator Helper
  • Smoother
  • Snuff Grinder
  • Snuff Grinder and Screener
  • Snuff Maker
  • Soap Grinder
  • Spice Grinder
  • Spice Miller
  • Sponge Buffer
  • Spouter
  • Stamper
  • Stamping Mill Tender
  • Stone Lathe Operator
  • Stone Mill Operator
  • Stone Planer
  • Stone Rougher
  • Stopper Grinder
  • Straight Line Edger
  • Strip Polisher
  • Sugar Chipper Machine Operator
  • Sugar Grinder
  • Surface Plate Finisher
  • Sweet Potato Disintegrator
  • Synthetic Soil Blocks Pulper
  • Third Miller
  • Tile Grinder
  • Tire Buffer
  • Tombstone Polisher
  • Top Polisher
  • Touch-Up Edger
  • Tube Buffer
  • Tumbler
  • Tumbler Operator
  • Unit Operator
  • Unit Tender
  • Wafer Abrading Machine Tender
  • Ware Dresser
  • Waredresser
  • Washer and Crusher Tender
  • Watch Crystal Edge Grinder
  • Water Fabricator Operator
  • Wet Mix Operator
  • Wet Pan Operator
  • Wet Process Miller
  • Wheat and Oats Flake Miller
  • Wheel Mill Operator
  • White Lead Grinder
  • Wood Flour Miller
  • Wood Grinder
  • Wood Grinder Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
  • 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.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
  • Mark bins as to types of mixtures stored.
  • Turn valves to regulate the moisture contents of materials.
  • Load materials into machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Add or mix chemicals and ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
  • Break mixtures to size, using picks.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Belt scales
  • Chipping hammers
  • Claw hammers
  • Comealongs
  • Desktop computers
  • Dollies
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders
  • Grease guns
  • Handtrucks
  • Holding clamps
  • Hole cutters
  • Hole punches
  • Layout squares
  • Locking pliers
  • Mallets
  • Material-hoisting slings
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mini loaders
  • Overhead cranes
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Picks
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Pressurized air cleaners
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Pry bars
  • Ratchets
  • Safety goggles
  • Scrapers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Utility knives
  • Wire brushes
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220