Tool Grinders

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Tool Grinders

Tool Grinders - Preparation

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.

On-the-job training

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.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.