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Life As a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener

Job Description & Duties Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener Responsibilities

  • Inspect dies to detect defects, assess wear, and verify specifications, using micrometers, steel gauge pins, and loupes.
  • Set up and operate grinding or polishing machines to grind metal workpieces, such as dies, parts, and tools.
  • File or finish surfaces of workpieces, using prescribed hand tools.
  • Straighten workpieces and remove dents, using straightening presses and hammers.
  • Perform basic maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating machine parts.
  • Remove finished workpieces from machines and place them in boxes or on racks, setting aside pieces that are defective.

Qualities of a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener

When polled, Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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What Kind of Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 9,500 jobs for Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener. There will be an estimated 1,100 positions for Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener are Georgia, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Missouri, or Michigan. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener

The average yearly salary of a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener ranges between $25,090 and $60,740.

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Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners who work in Washington, New Hampshire, or Iowa, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,840
Arizona $35,070
Arkansas $40,720
California $41,060
Connecticut $43,370
Florida $35,320
Georgia $38,400
Idaho $44,240
Illinois $45,790
Indiana $43,260
Iowa $47,170
Kansas $31,240
Kentucky $40,090
Louisiana $38,040
Maine $41,510
Maryland $57,390
Massachusetts $43,060
Michigan $43,160
Minnesota $37,070
Mississippi $33,800
Missouri $33,230
Montana $34,810
Nebraska $44,740
New Hampshire $48,080
New Jersey $29,250
New York $40,910
North Carolina $43,660
Ohio $41,170
Oklahoma $39,060
Oregon $44,470
Pennsylvania $42,290
South Carolina $42,380
South Dakota $35,560
Tennessee $38,530
Texas $39,750
Vermont $43,310
Virginia $31,650
Washington $62,380
Wisconsin $33,850

Tools & Technologies Used by Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Edgecam

Becoming a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener

What education or degrees do I need to become a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener?

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What work experience do I need to become a Tool Grinder, Filer, or Sharpener?

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Where Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners Are Employed

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Below are examples of industries where Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners work:

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Image Credit: US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier via Public domain

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