Precision grinders are responsible for grinding metal and other materials, as well as making tools, operating grinders, and following specifications to achieve the correct requirements for each part. They should be able to multitask on a variety of projects and use hand tools such as pliers and screwdrivers to facilitate their work, and they're also tasked with operating angle grinders to arrange parts and measuring with precise instrumentation.
Precision grinders may use drills and surface grinders to provide exact finishes and high-quality pieces, and should report any issues or equipment malfunctions to their supervisors in a timely manner. Interpersonal skills are important in this position to to communicate ideas and precise measurements to other precision grinders, and they must know how to interpret drawings and manuals to achieve the best results. They should stay up-to-date in terms of training and newer technology as it becomes available and must follow strict safety procedures and guidelines to prevent accidents while using specialized equipment and power tools.
Some precision grinders may provide mentoring to newer grinders to teach important precision techniques, and they typically work in a production environment and use protective gear such as gloves, boots, goggles, and hard hats to protect against burns and cuts. They should work well with other grinders to achieve goals in a timely manner, and should also be organized and pay close attention to detail to ensure accuracy when grinding different materials. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and prior experience in the industry is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Precision Grinder Tasks
Perform minor machine repair as necessary.
Establish correct relationships between interrelated dimensions and radii and maintain extremely close tolerances.
Dismantle and reassemble parts as necessary to perform grinding operations.
Set up grinding equipment, set proper angle and radii and dress wheels to shape.