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Grinder Setup Operator Universal Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$43,041 (USD)

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Last updated: May 27, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Grinder Setup Operator Universal is $43,041 a year and $21 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Grinder Setup Operator Universal is between $32,358 and $51,930. 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

  • Sets up and operates combination external- and internal- (universal) grinding machine to grind external and internal cylindrical and tapered surface of rotating workpieces, such as tool, die, and machine parts, usually for limited runs, analyzing blueprints and specifications and selecting tooling according to knowledge of external and internal grinding procedures: studies blueprint or layout on workpiece to visualize grinding to be done and plans sequence of operations.
  • Selects grinding wheel, according to knowledge of metal properties and abrasives, and mounts wheel on spindle.
  • Dresses wheel manually or with preset dressing device.
  • Moves controls and reads dials to set rotation speeds and feed rates.
  • Positions and tightens stops or cams to limit travel of workpiece or wheel.
  • Moves controls to feed grinding wheel to workpiece or vice versa manually or automatically.
  • Turns valve handle and directs flow of coolant against wheel and workpiece.
  • Verifies dimensions of ground workpiece, using such measuring instruments as micrometers, dial indicators, gauge blocks, and optical comparator.
  • May dress grinding wheel to specified profile, using special fixtures and tools.
  • May grind nonmetallic materials, such as plastics.
  • May operate tracer attachment to duplicate contours from templates or models.
  • May be required to have experience with particular material, product, or precision level, or with machine of particular type or trade name.
Grinder Setup Operator Universal Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job family population: 74,600

Estimated population of Grinder Setup Operator Universal jobs: 6,031

Rate of error: 2.0%

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 2,705,994 (2018), 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 Setup Operator Universal Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

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Setup Man/Die Setter - Transfer Press/Progressive Die
Apr 27
Wood Dale, IL, USA
Twinplex Stamping Co
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CNC Machine Operator/Contract to Hire
May 16
Schaumburg, IL, USA
CHASE Staffing
Setup and operate machines in prototype shop. Must also be able to run surface grinders and other ... and operating machine tools. * Perform milling, drilling, turning, grinding, material removal ...
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May 7
Wood Dale, IL, USA
CHASE Staffing
Setup and operate machines in prototype shop. Must also be able to run surface grinders and other ... and operating machine tools. * Perform milling, drilling, turning, grinding, material removal ...
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