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Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators

Operate grinding tools that remove extra material from surfaces, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Quick Facts


Below the statewide median
$20.41 / hour    Read more about wages


Growth rate:  -3.3%    Read more about outlook


High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
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