Abrasive Disc Operator

Abrasive Wheel Grinder

Rotating Machine Technician

Disc Operator

The tasks a Disc Operator (Abrasive) is expected to perform include:

Operating the machine which uses steel shot for producing flat surface

Mounting abrasive wheel on rotating spindle of the machine

Setting retaining plate ring to keep emery wheel at one point

Manipulating levers to lower moveable arm of the machine over abrasive wheel to hold it tightly in position

Filling hopper of machine with steel grits

Starting machine, opening bottom plate and regulating flow of steel grits over rotating wheel of the machine

Observing, grinding and smoothening surface of abrasive wheel on rotating platform of machine with steel grits

Blowing off deposited dust and powder with compressed air

Checking thickness and surface of abrasive wheel with measuring instruments such as callipers and gauges, to ensure correct size and finish

Stopping machine and removing abrasive wheel when required flatness is obtained

Competent in operating abrasive wheeling machines

Proficient in filling the hopper of the machine with steel grits

Well-versed in using callipers, gauges and measuring instrument

Competent in inspection of equipment, structure or material


Ability to clean and oil machines

Physically fit

Motor skills

Alert and attentive

Good observation skills

Ability to work independently

It requires one to be on their feet

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Chemical and petrochemical companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include major injuries or cuts, rashes or scalds in fingers, hands, eye injuries, breathing problems, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to abrasive machine and parts, chemical products, scraps or fine pieces of material flying around, sharp instruments, loud noise, etc.

For freshers - INR 240 to INR 340 per day

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 400 to INR 500 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Industry Outlook of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Sector

Indian chemical industry generates around 70,000 commercial goods ranging from plastic to toiletries and pesticides to beauty products. It is regarded as the oldest domestic sector in India and in terms of volume it gives a sense of pride to India by featuring as the 12 largest producers of chemicals. With an approximate cost of $28 billion, it amounts to 12.5% of the entire industrial output of India and 16.2% of its entire exports. Under chemical industries some of the other rapidly emerging sectors are petrochemical, agrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Indian chemical industry comprises both small and large-scale units, and presently, there are about 70,000 chemical manufacturing units located in the country. The industrys current turnover is about USD 30.8 billion which is 14 per cent of the total manufacturing output of the country.

Indian chemical industry is expected to register a growth of 8-9% in the next decade and is expected to double its share in global chemical industry to 5-6% by 2021.

Even though this industry is capital and technology intensive, the sector is a major avenue for large scale employment. The downstream plastic processing is the largest employer with over 3.53 million people deriving their livelihood from this sector.

Petrochemical and chemical companies in India

Chemical plants in the Northern and Western parts of India