What does a Tool & Cutter Grinder (602C) do?

Tool & Cutter Grinders set up and operate grinder machines to shape or sharpen precision cutting tools and cutters. Machines include surface, cylindrical, pedestal, and tool or cutter grinders.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Studying job orders and interpreting blueprints
  • Setting up and operating machine tools to perform repetitive machining operations
  • Verifying dimensions of parts using precision measuring instruments
  • Preparing etching solution; immersing metal parts in etching solution to remove unwanted portion
  • Performing routine maintenance on equipment and machinery

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with senior math and science credits
  • Completion of a 4,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Tool & Cutter Grinder (602C)?

  • 35-40 hours per week, often in shifts; overtime opportunities
  • Generally indoors in industrial settings; exposure to high noise levels and hazardous work areas
  • Work often requires repetition and lifting/carrying heavy materials
  • Employers include metal product manufacturing companies, tool and cutlery manufacturers, and primary steel producers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $14.00-$20.00 per hour.

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