A hand polishing worker, or hand grinding worker, is someone who is responsible for grinding, sanding, and/or polishing objects to a smooth finish. The objects that a polisher may work with can be made from wood, stone, clay, marble, plastic, and glass, to name a few. The objects a polisher or grinder works with can end up as smaller craft items delivered directly to market, such as jewelry, furniture accents or dentures. They can also work on larger items such as furniture.
The worker must be able to use a variety of tools, both large and small, to shape the object in question to the desired shape and desired surface. The finished pieces may require excruciatingly exact detail, and the worker must have the skill to be able to derive the perfect finish from the modified objects.
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On a daily basis, the hand polisher or grinder must ensure that the equipment they work with is up to par and in good operating condition. At the beginning and end of each day, the polisher must make sure that the equipment and accessories are working in a manner that enables the polisher to get work done quickly and effectively. The polisher must prepare, sharpen, and test his or her equipment at the beginning of the day, adjust the power and speed of tools used during the day based on the required finish, and shut down and clean up his or her station at the end of the day. These objects can be manual chisels or scrapers or mechanical saw, sanders, or grinders.
Throughout the day, the polisher will work on various objects. In addition, he or she will also inspect each item for cracks or repairs, and mark for any additional work that is needed. For larger products, they may need to inspect blueprints or add records and notes for specific items. On most items, they may also need to add chemicals to apply a finish to the product being grinded or polished.
In day-to-day work, it is important for workers to have ability to quickly move his or her hand, hand together with arm, or both hands to assemble, grab, and hold firmly any objects laid out to work on. In addition, workers must be able to make repeated and sometimes swift movements with the hands, fingers, wrists and arms to be able to operate equipment or hand-carve items to the desired outcome. One outcome of this work, unfortunately, may be perpetual soreness or tenderness in the hands, fingers, or wrists. Anyone who does this work for an extended period of time must be on the lookout for pain that seems to linger and not go away.
In order to be a good hand polishing worker, adept physical and mental skills are both required. A worker must possess both strength and speed to be able to capably do the job. A worker must also possess a quick wit to be able to react quickly to situations and problems as they arise.
Educationally, most applicants will need to possess at high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate. Professionally, it is helpful to have some prior experience with mechanical tools in any manufacturing setting, whether it is electrical, automotive, or otherwise. Any familiarity with reading blueprints or drawings will also be helpful in applying for such a position.
Periodically, there may also be training that is needed, while this training may occasionally cover new products to be used, in most cases the training would be in regards to health and safety procedures. Given the working environment, a company would probably want to emphasize safe working procedures in order to enhance its reputation for generating additional business. Constant attention to safety is almost as important as constant attention to detail in working on products.
An associates degree in a vocational field might help applicants stand out when applying, but anything beyond that would lead an applicant to be a bit overqualified for the position " and that applicant would probably not be considered for the position.
The workplace of a hand polisher or a hand grinder is an industrial or manufacturing environment in most cases. There will be spaces for the polishing equipment and other tools, large enough for the movement in and out of any large hardware needed for finishing various objects. The overall space of the work environment will depend on the number or workers employed.
The working area may be a union environment that is only operating during specific business hours. In these cases, the working area may be somewhat larger in order to allow multiple workers to perform their jobs in one compacted area. In a smaller shop or for a smaller business, the work area may be a bit larger (possibly garage-size, even) if the polisher is the only one of his or her type to be employed. With less people in the role, more space might be available to work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 28,000 people employed for other companies in the fields of hand-polishing or hand-grinding. This number does not include anyone who might be self-employed within the industry.
The salary of a polishing worker or hand grinding worker will typically average approximately $14 per hour, or about $29,000 per year. People starting out can expect a salary of approximately nine or ten dollars per hour. With more experience and tenure, this rate can rise up to almost twenty dollars an hour. In order to be a good hand polishing worker, adept physical and mental skills are both required. A worker must possess both strength and speed to be able to capably do the job. A worker must also possess a quick wit to be able to react quickly to situations and problems as they arise.