To work as a tool grinder, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some tool grinders learn their skills through formal training programs. Few programs will teach you how to become a tool grinder. However, you can learn that skill and many others in a machine shop technology program. The length of these programs ranges from a few months to a few years. You can earn a certificate or an associate degree.
Most tool grinders learn their skills on the job from experienced workers. You begin by helping and gradually learn to operate machines. Training may last up to a year, but commonly takes about three months.