Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Include chippers, buffers, and finishers.
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: Grind, sand, clean, or polish objects or parts to correct defects or to prepare surfaces for further finishing, using hand tools and power tools. Mark defects such as knotholes, cracks, and splits for repair. Move controls to adjust, start, or stop equipment during grinding and polishing processes. Select files or other abrasives, according to materials, sizes and shapes of workpieces, amount of stock to be removed, finishes specified, and steps in finishing processes. Measure and mark equipment, objects, or parts to ensure grinding and polishing standards are met. Verify quality of finished workpieces by inspecting them, comparing them to templates, measuring their dimensions, or testing them in working machinery. Record product and processing data on specified forms. Trim, scrape, or deburr objects or parts, using chisels, scrapers, and other hand tools and equipment. Remove completed workpieces from equipment or work tables, using hand tools, and place workpieces in containers. Load and adjust workpieces onto equipment or work tables, using hand tools. Transfer equipment, objects, or parts to specified work areas, using moving devices.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.40   Entry $21,618.00
Mean $13.53   Mean $28,157.00
Experience $15.11 Experience $31,427.00

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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51-9022.00 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand