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Occupational Report for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T (51-4033) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Employment Outlook for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T There are 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Grind and De-bur Operator - Nights 8/21/14 Clackamas to $13.00/hr
Certified Finisher / Grinder 8/19/14 Salem $10.60/hr to $17.10/hr DOE
Grinder Operator 8/14/14 Troutdale DOE
Machine Operator (OJT) 8/12/14 Portland $9.25/hr
Detailed Steel Processing 7/31/14 Vancouver $11.00/hr
Machine Operator 5/8/14 Portland $9.25/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 2 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Grind and De-bur Operator - Nights 8/21/14 Clackamas
Gear Deburr Machine Operator 8/13/14 Portland The Boeing Company
State of Oregon License Information for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $11.68 $13.91 $16.84 $20.02 $24.08 $17.84 $37,095
Multnomah / Washington 11.29 13.44 16.58 20.18 26.89 17.95 37,345
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 9.72 11.52 14.29 17.01 18.65 14.32 29,795
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 13.50 15.91 18.50 21.81 24.98 18.81 39,132
Lane 15.31 16.12 17.46 19.63 22.03 17.88 37,199
Clackamas 14.81 16.01 17.73 20.03 22.28 17.99 37,422
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,067 1,121 54 5.1% 5 24 29
Multnomah / Washington 504 529 25 5.0% 2 11 13
Clackamas 439 467 28 6.4% 3 10 13
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 75 79 4 5.3% 0 2 2
Lane 59 60 1 1.7% 0 1 1
Jackson / Josephine 16 16 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15 15 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 11 11 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 4 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,067
Total All Industries Private 1,067
Manufacturing Private 1,022
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 41
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 33
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing Private 16
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing Private 16
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 469
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing Private 19
Foundries Private 441
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 222
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 93
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 15
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 50
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities Private 37
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 17
Machinery Manufacturing Private 72
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 26
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Private 22
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing Private 10
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 18
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing Private 16
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 174
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 19
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 135
Wholesale Trade Private 31
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 31
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers Private 31
Other Services (except Government) Private 12
Repair and Maintenance Private 12
Educational Requirements for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Robotics Systems Technology
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • File Metal And Plastic
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Computerized Machines And Equipment
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Buff And Polishing Machine
  • Operate Cnc Machines
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Grinding Machines
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Shaping And Forming Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Plastics
  • Set Up Cnc Machines
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Smooth, Sharpen, Polish Or Grind Metal Objects
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Sustain Output Levels Of Assembled Items
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Metric System
Schools and Training Providers for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and T No Career Pathway links were found for this occupation.