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Grinding, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Workers
(SOC Code : 51-4033)
in California

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$15.22$11.00$13.88$17.77

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 20208,5008,400-100-1.2130

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 4,16419.4%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2959.7%
Architectural and Structural Metals 1,7606.4%
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 7296.4%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 1,3145.0%
Other Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 8654.9%
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 7,0893.7%
Electrical Equipment and Appliances 1,0662.4%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 3871.7%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 3,1361.6%
Commercial & Service Industry Machinery 7481.2%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Inspect or measure finished workpieces to determine conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as gauges or micrometers.
Lift and position workpieces, manually or with hoists, and secure them in hoppers or on machine tables, faceplates, or chucks, using clamps.
Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic workpieces.
Observe machine operations to detect any problems, making necessary adjustments to correct problems.
Set and adjust machine controls according to product specifications, using knowledge of machine operation.
Measure workpieces and lay out work, using precision measuring devices.
Select machine tooling to be used, using knowledge of machine and production requirements.
Study blueprints, work orders, or machining instructions to determine product specifications, tool requirements, and operational sequences.
Mount and position tools in machine chucks, spindles, or other tool holding devices, using hand tools.
Activate machine start-up switches to grind, lap, hone, debar, shear, or cut workpieces, according to specifications.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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