Also known as Buffer, Casting Finisher, Chipper, Deburring Technician, Finisher, Grinder, Jewelry Polisher, Knife Grinder, Metal Finisher, Polisher
Also known as Buffer, Casting Finisher, Chipper
Metal Finishers grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects.
In addition, Metal Finishers includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.
Metal Finishers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Metal Finishers. More generally, Metal Finishers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Metal Finisher is $31,750, and the average salary is $34,380. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Metal Finisher salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Metal Finishers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Metal Finishers earn less than $23,360 per year, 25% earn less than $27,170, 75% earn less than $39,310, and 90% earn less than $49,770.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Metal Finishers is expected to change by -13.5%, and there should be roughly 2,100 open positions for Metal Finishers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Metal Finisher are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Metal Finishers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Metal Finishers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Metal Finisher tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Metal Finishers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Metal Finishers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Metal Finishers very slightly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Metal Finishers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Metal Finishers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Metal Finisher may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Metal Finishers need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Metal Finishers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mechanical, or education and training knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Metal Finishers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Metal Finishers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Metal Finishers need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, manual dexterity, and finger dexterity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Metal Finishers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Metal Finishers frequently use skills like quality control analysis, operations monitoring, and operation and control to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Metal Finishers, ranked by their relative importance.
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