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Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators

On the Job


Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Operators set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools. These tools remove excess materials from metal or plastic work pieces. They may sharpen edges or corners, or buff or polish pieces.

Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.


Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:

Typical Working Conditions


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