Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Read work orders to determine production specifications and information. Observe operation of equipment to ensure continuity of flow, safety, and efficient operation, and to detect malfunctions. Move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment that crushes, grinds, polishes, or blends materials. Record data from operations, testing, and production on specified forms. Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands, in order to ensure conformance to established standards. Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, and/or products at specified intervals to ensure conformance to requirements. Clean, adjust and maintain equipment, using hand tools. Notify supervisors of needed repairs. Set mill gauges to specified fineness of grind. Reject defective products and readjust equipment to eliminate problems. Clean work areas. Transfer materials, supplies, and products between work areas, using moving equipment and hand tools. Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools. Inspect chains, belts, and scrolls for signs of wear. Tend accessory equipment such as pumps and conveyors in order to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.56   Entry $26,136.00
Mean $18.82   Mean $39,162.00
Experience $21.96 Experience $45,670.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-9021.00 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders