Tool and cutter grinders operate machines made by tool and cutter grinder manufacturers to shape or sharpen precision cutting tools and cutters. Tool and cutter grinder makers create equipment to design, modify or make special tools according to specifications or tooling requirements.
To work with tool and cutter grinding machines it is recommended you have, at minimum, a high school equivalency degree with credits in math and science. Tool and cutter grinder distributors and suppliers of tools and cutter grinding machines often employ tool and cutter grinders. Increase your chances of being hired as a tool and cutter grinder by making the right tool and cutter grinding machines education and training decisions. Consider the following options to enhance your education in regard to tool grinding machines and cutter grinding machines:
1. Get on-the-job training operating a tool and cutter grinding machine with an apprenticeship program.
2. Complete some coursework to learn tool and cutter grinders basics at a technical school.
3. Take courses offered by a tool and cutter grinder manufacturer.
Gain on-the-job training with a tool and cutter grinders apprenticeship programApprenticeship programs can offer the best of both worlds. Apprentices get on-the-job training to learn how to operate tool and cutter grinders machinery while getting paid.
State of Oregon offers a Tool Cutter Grinder Apprenticeship program. The program can be completed in less than four years and pays 50 percent of the journey-level wage. The website for the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs includes an address for a Cutter Grinder Apprenticeship.
Learn tool and cutter grinders basics at a technical schoolMany technical schools offer classes in machine tool operations. Consider enhancing your knowledge base by taking machine tool basics in addition to tool and cutter grinding courses.
Northeastern Technical College offers a Tool and Cutter Grinding course in addition to many other machine tool classes. Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA offers a Tool and Cutter Grinding course as part of its Machine Technology Program.
Take advantage of classes offered by tool and cutter grinder manufacturersMany manufacturers offer classes to teach tool and cutter grinders how to operate specific brands of machinery. These courses will have manufacturer experts on hand to teach you how to take advantage of all the bells and whistles that come with many of the newer high-tech machinery.
United Grinding offers training at three locations across the U.S. Tooling University is a former manufacturer that now advertises itself as the leading provider of online training for manufacturers. Its classes will explain all aspects of metal cutting. The course content includes an overview of the processes and products associated with metal cutting.
- Tool and cutter grinding machines can be dangerous to operate and are often used under hazardous working conditions. Learn how to handle things in an emergency situation by completing OSHA and Hazwoper training courses.