Tool sharpener - Salary and Career
Metal sharpeners and polishers

Tool sharpener - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They plan the work of polishing metal surfaces and sharpening tools. They polish and sharpen using manual, semi-automatic and automatic processes, controlling the quality of service and applying safety standards.

How much does an Tool sharpener earn

A Tool sharpener earns between $1.272 and $4.252 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.970 and a median salary of $1.670 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.164 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Tool sharpener

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.970 23.640 493 9
1º Quartile 1.272 15.261 318 6
Median Salary 1.670 20.040 417 8
3º Quartile 3.243 38.916 811 15
Higher Salary 4.252 51.027 1.063 20

Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • metal and composite transformation workers
      • metal and composite machining workers
        • metal sharpeners and polishers

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Main workplaces

Metal sharpeners and polishers family professionals can work in several branches of the manufacturing industry, such as metallurgy, mechanics, chemistry, furniture, plastics and electronics and in civil construction, generally as registered employees, on day shifts, with occasional supervision. They also work autonomously, providing services directly to clients. In the performance of their activities, they tend to remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods, often exposing themselves to fatigue resulting from repetitive work. They may be subject to the effects of toxic materials and intense noise.

What does it take to work in the field of Metal sharpeners and polishers

Family occupations require education equivalent to complete elementary school and one to two years' previous experience. Learning can take place through professional qualification courses lasting more than four hundred hours. For metal polishers alone, the training period in the occupation tends to be shorter, with courses ranging between two hundred and four hundred class hours.

Functions and activities of Tool sharpener

Metal sharpeners and polishers must:

  • sharpen by manual or semi-automatic process;
  • sharpening by manual or semi-automatic process;
  • sharpening by automatic process;
  • quality control;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • plan grinding work;
  • polishing by manual process;
  • sharpening by automatic process;
  • planning polishing job;
  • plan polishing work;
  • sharpen by automatic process;
  • check the quality;
  • control quality;
  • plan sharpening work;
  • work safely;
  • sharpening by manual or semiautomatic process;
  • polishing by automatic process;
  • plan polishing job;
  • plan grinding job;
  • control the quality;

  • Activities

    • set parameters (time, quantity, type, granulometry) for abrasive application on the tool;
    • compensate for grinding tool wear;
    • ensure the organization and cleanliness;
    • cultivate team spirit;
    • identify the points to be inspected;
    • place chips and ball;
    • participate in environmental risk survey;
    • select machines for grinding;
    • set the polisher speeds (rpm) according to the table;
    • keep polishing equipment in order;
    • mount polishing wheel;
    • control sharpening process;
    • regular sharpening machine;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • programming machine for polishing;
    • reset chips, ball;
    • select tools to be sharpened;
    • establish sequence of movements;
    • dressing or profiling sharpening tool;
    • give first aid;
    • perform sharpening operations;
    • compensate for grinding tool wear;
    • make decisions;
    • follow polishing work instructions;
    • remove part from the sharpening machine;
    • control abrasive dosage;
    • dressar sharpening tools;
    • interpret work instructions on sharpening;
    • participate in the survey of environmental risks;
    • check dimensions at the beginning of the process (part or batch);
    • dressar grinding tools;
    • adjust wheel profile (cloth or sisal) with cutting tool;
    • consult standards, instructions and sharpening parameters;
    • change sharpening tools when minimum conditions are reached;
    • demonstrate zeal with machinery and equipment;
    • inspect the product with equipment;
    • replace worn sharpening tool;
    • follow safety and occupational medicine regulations;
    • control wear of chips, balls, polishing wheels;
    • program sharpening machines;
    • check final sharpening finish;
    • replace polishing wheel;
    • select grinding tool;
    • mount polishing wheel (brush, disc) on the machine;
    • participate in preventive actions against fire and accidents;
    • demonstrate leadership spirit;
    • apply abrasive to the wheel observing the necessary time interval;
    • follow safety and occupational medicine standards;
    • create problem solving alternatives;
    • acting responsibly at work;
    • visually inspect the product;
    • adjust the ergonomic conditions of work;
    • identify scrap and rework;
    • compensate for wear of sharpening tool;
    • set quantity to inspect (100% or sample);
    • identify the degree of polishing according to the required quality standard;
    • set the minimum size of the grinding wheel, polisher;
    • putting the tool to be sharpened in the machine;
    • demonstrate collaborative spirit;
    • estimate polishing production;
    • identify material to be polished;
    • prepare sharpening machines;
    • replace grinding wheel, polisher;
    • evaluate grinding tool wear;
    • check cooling and lubrication of the material to be sharpened;
    • remove polished part from the machine;
    • identify end of life of polishing tool;
    • place the part to be polished in the machine;
    • prepare sharpening tools;
    • put the tool to be sharpened in the machine;
    • select equipment, polishing machine;
    • choose angulation according to the material to be cut;
    • check the dimensions at the beginning of the process (part or batch);
    • demonstrate observation skills;
    • participate in environmental risk assessment;
    • select tool to polish;
    • cultivate self-confidence;

    Sectors that hire Tool sharpener the most in the job market

    • tool manufacturing
    • hardware and tools retail trade
    • operation services and supply of equipment for transporting and lifting loads and people for use in works
    • manufacture of machine tools, parts and accessories
    • manufacture of other metal products
    • electrical installation and maintenance
    • manpower selection and agency
    • machining, turning and welding services
    • retailer of other products
    • temporary labor lease

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