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Grinder Operator Tool Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$47,355 (USD)

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Last updated: May 23, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Grinder Operator Tool is $47,355 a year and $23 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Grinder Operator Tool is between $35,264 and $57,425. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Operates and prepares variety of grinding machines, such as external, internal, and surface grinders, to grind metal work pieces, such as machine parts, dies, or tools, according to knowledge of grinding procedures.
  • Examines blueprint or layout on work piece to visualize grinding to be done, and plans sequence of operations.
  • Picks grinding wheel, applying knowledge of abrasives and metal properties, and secures it on spindle, using wrench.
  • Dresses wheel with dressing device.
  • Lifts work piece manually or with hoist, and positions and secures work piece to holding device, using wrenches and clamps.
  • Selects feed rates, grinding speeds, depth of cuts, and grinding wheel of size, shape, and grade for each operation, applying knowledge of metal properties, abrasives, product specifications, and shop mathematics.
  • Positions and tightens stops to limit travel of work pieces or grinding wheel.
  • Moves controls to position wheel and work piece in relation to each other, and to set feed, speed, and depth of cut.
  • Starts machine, turns hand wheel to feed grinding wheel to work piece or vice versa, and engages power feeding device.
  • Turns valve handle and directs flow of coolant against wheel and work piece.
  • Observes operation and adjusts position and action of wheel and work piece.
  • Verifies dimensions of ground work pieces for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as templates, micrometers, dial indicators, and gauge blocks.
  • Works to tolerances of plus or minus 0.0001 inch.
  • May measure, mark, and scribe work piece to lay it out for grinding.
Grinder Operator Tool Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Job family population: 8,060

Estimated population of Grinder Operator Tool jobs: 652

Rate of error: 4.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Grinder Operator Tool Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Tool Grinder / Deburr / Gear Polisher
Apr 2
Downers Grove, IL, USA
Leading Machining Manufacturer
Gear Polish Debar & Etch 'B' BASIC TOOL REQUIREMENTS: No Tools Required MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ... Operator will perform a variety of operations: Remove burrs and sharp edges using air grinder
Machine Operator/Machinist (Entry Level Tool Room)
May 17
Chicago, IL, USA
Away Staffing Services
... tool room. ... The ideal candidate will have experience operating grinders, manual machines, and fabrication ...
Tool and Die Maker
Apr 29
La Grange, IL, USA
Set up and operate machine tools such as lathes, milling machine, shaper, and grinder, to machine ... Maintain machines used in conformity with proper operating and maintenance procedures. * Examine ...
Screw Machine Operator
Apr 9
Glendale Heights, IL, USA
Elgen Staffing
Positions and secures tools in tool holders. Sets cutting speeds and feed rates. * Moves controls ... Operates bench grinder to sharpen tools. * Machines nonmetallic materials. * Performs duties in ...
Screw machine Setup / Operator (1st shift) 19-00129
May 21
Carpentersville, IL, USA
ESPO Engineering Corp
Screw machine Setup / Operator (1st shift) Location: Carpentersville, IL Pay Rate: $16-18/hr ... and tool holders, set stops, change and adjust cams, gears, adjust coolant, grind and sharpen ...
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