Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Description

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

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, in order to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, and/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, and scrolls for signs of wear.
  • Tend accessory equipment such as pumps and conveyors in order 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.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

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.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay 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
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

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$15.31 hourly, $31,830 annual.
Employment (2008):
29,320 employees