Floor Sanding Machine Operators

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Floor Sanding Machine Operators

Floor Sanding Machine Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, floor sanding machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. They sometimes deal directly with customers, but usually spend time alone sanding floors.
  • Communicate with other workers and customers by telephone or in person on a daily basis.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers and clients.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other machine operators.
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  • Often work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are often exposed to dust particles from sanding.
  • Often work indoors.
  • Often wear protective gear, such as safety goggles and dust masks.
  • Often work near others.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Are exposed to whole body vibration from sanding machines on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment and conditions.
  • Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped or out-of-reach work spaces.
  • Sometimes are exposed to hazardous situations that may produce minor cuts or burns.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors would cost the company money if workers had to redo the floor.
  • Must allow the pace of work to be determined by the speed of the machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must meet daily deadlines. This makes the work atmosphere moderately competitive.
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  • Regularly make decisions that impact customers. They often decide a course of action before consulting a supervisor.
  • Often consult with a supervisor or project manager before deciding the day's tasks and goals.


  • Usually work regular business hours.
  • May work evenings and weekends when sanding floors in stores or offices.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.