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CNC Tool and Cutter Grinder
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021
5 skill sets | 25 total skills
Workplace Orientation - 100 req. hrs
Demonstrate knowledge of workplace procedures, policies, etc.
Describe workplace structure and workflow.
Practice working safely around machines and throughout shopfloor.
Demonstrate knowledge of workplace safety plans.
Properly perform physical work tasks.
Identify common machining and grinding equipment, such as: CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining centers, CNC grinding machines. Identify manual lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders (if applicable).
Machining Fundamentals - 1500 req. hrs
Demonstrate understanding of engineering drawings; explain and describe components, such as: line types, views, symbols, and notations(s), especially tolerances.
Learn and demonstrate an understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD &T).
Develop an understanding of/demonstrate ability to utilize Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to design cutting tools.
Identify and understand geometric elements of cutting tools (e.g., end mills).
Become familiar with all manner of substrates and coatings.
Use shop math, such as decimals and basic geometry.
Grinding and Inspection Fundamentals - 1000 req. hrs
Identify CNC grinder parts, especially wheel shapes, abrasive types, workholding pieces.
Operate manual grinders (for example: Astro, Brown & Sharp, and Cincinnati).
Dress and true abrasive wheels and wheel measurement (where applicable).
Work with a variety of hand and inspection tools, such as: screwdrivers, pliers, box wrenches, micrometers, calipers, indicators, comparators.
CNC Tool and Cutter Grinder Operations - 100 req. hrs
Prepare blanks for grinding using automatic grinders, e.g., Peel/Plunge grinders.
Learn CNC grinder controls and software basics, e.g., standard navigation.
Operate CNC tool and cutter grinders to grind cutting tools, including transferring programs from PC.
Tool and Cutter Grinder Setup and Operation - 3800 req. hrs
Learn and use various tool and cutter software programs to set-up CNC operation, including simulation.
Pick and dress proper wheels for part(s) to be manufactured.
Set-up and run regrinds for cutting tools (if applicable).
Create engineering drawings of parts to be ground.
Write programs for tool grinding/manufacturing from scratch, including wheel selection, dressing, and measuring.
Run tool and cutter grinder jobs independently and make adjustments.
Safety & Health - 32 req. hrs
General Workplace Safety
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Right-to-Know/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Sexual Harassment Prevention – must comply with Section 201-g of the Labor Law