Centerless Grinding Trainer

Wagner Spray Tech Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis-based Wagner SprayTech Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wagner Holding, Inc., is a market leader in advanced paint applicators. We develop and market a wide array of painting and decorating products used in home improvement, commercial painting and industrial fine finishing. Wagner supports its customers through innovation, high tech engineering, quality manufacturing and service.

Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of Wagner people.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check. Our benefits package includes 401(k), health, dental, life, disability, long term care insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement.

Position Objective:

The individual in this role coordinates & trains department personnel and operates grinding and flat, wire, and ball lapping machines.


Grinding and Centerless Grinding:

* Sets up and operates one or more grinding or centerless machines to grind external cylindrical or tapered surfaces of workpieces to blueprint specifications.

* Sets up and operates precision grinding machines with special indexing equipment.

* Reads blueprints and job orders for product specifications, and interprets machining instructions to determine grinding and sequence of operations.

* Mounts grinding wheel and regulating wheel on spindles with wrenches and dresses wheel to specifications using dressing devices.

* Verifies dimensions of ground workpiece for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, calipers and other precision gauges.

* Starts machine and monitors functional operation to qualify functionality.

* Changes, adjusts, or resets grinding wheels as needed to maintain conformance to part specifications.

* Positions and secures workpiece on mandrel between centers or in chuck.

* Manually adjusts machine controls to index workpiece and feeds wheel to workpiece, adjusting depth of cut in part by sight and feel while holding tolerances of +/-0.0001"

Flat, Wire, and Ball Lapping:

* Sets up and operates lapping machines to lap surfaces of flat carbide objects.

* Sets up and operates wire lapping and ball lapping machines to lap surfaces of cylindrical objects.

* Reads blueprints or job order for product specifications, such as dimensions, tolerances, and number of parts to be lapped.

* Follows tooling instructions, such as lapping speeds and pressure, work-holding fixtures, and laps to be used.

* Moves controls to set lapping speeds, tool pressure, and length of cycle to guide action of laps against workpieces or workpieces against each other.

* Starts machine and brushes or sprays lapping compound on laps and workpieces.

* Inspects lapped workpieces for conformance to specifications, using instruments such as a comparator, flatness gauge, surface plates, and vacuum testers.


* Provides hands-on training and shop floor support to the Carbide and Sintering operators and ensures new and existing employees are properly oriented to established policies and procedures.

* Reviews production demands to align employees, equipment and work schedules to fulfill production requirements.

* Performs other duties as assigned.



* High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); post-secondary education in a technical filed preferred.


* Must have at least three years of related experience and at least two years' experience in a lead or coordinator role.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Ability to read and comprehend simple and complex instructions, blueprints, drawings and follow written and verbal directions.

* Ability to perform basic mathematical computations such as to adding, subtracting, and dividing using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

* Knowledge of and skill using Microsoft Office applications and ERP systems.

* Effective oral and written communication skills.

* Ability to listen effectively and be aware of production floor activity to support safe and hazard free working environment.

* Ability to be objective and flexible in adapting to changes in priorities, work assignments and other interactions that may impact pre-established courses of action for completing projects and assignments.

* Ability to work extended hours and/or varying shifts as requested in order to maintain adequate coverage during hours of operation.

* Knowledge of Lean and Kaizan methods and practices and standard production safety protocol.

* Ability to initiate, coordinate, and enforce operational and personnel policies and procedures.

* Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance standards.

* Ability to set-up and operate Royal Mater Centerless Grinders and Tungsten Carbide Flat Lapping Machines.