Job Title:  Grinding/Buffing Wheel Operator

Req ID:  39979
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Chicago, IL, US, 60618


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Our dental segment, HuFriedyGroup, enables dental professionals to reduce risk, improve efficiencies, drive compliance, and enhance patient and staff safety.  At HuFriedyGroup, we are committed to helping dental professionals perfect their craft and deliver the highest level of care to each patient. 


Dental instrument makers and finishers will utilize eye-to-hand coordination and attention to detail to perform various critical finishing operations on the working ends of dental instruments such as buffing, sharpening, grinding, shaping, polishing, and other operations as needed. 

Job Details

$18hr Starting


Schedule: 1st Shift 

6:00 am - 2:30 pm



$1500 Sign-on Bonus! (Not applicable to internal applicants)

Healthcare, Vision, Dental, 401K Match, PTO, Company Holidays, Life Insurance, Quarterly Bonuses



  •  Utilize abrasive belts and wheels to finish hardened dental instruments.
  •  Finish instruments with technical difficulty and with excellent precision and eye/hand coordination to achieve required product dimensions/customer requirements that are unique.
  •  Progress to different product families as skills are mastered at each category level, usually after 1-2 years.
  •  Detect unacceptable quality on instruments and correct any practices or processes that do not meet established standards.
  •  Maintain compliance standards and specifications for products using specified measurement tools and drawings. 
  •  Follow all OSHA and company-specific guidelines for safety.
  •  Record work performed via bar code reader system, or in manual log where/when appropriate.
  • Complete other duties, as assigned.

Education Degree

High School Diploma or GED

Required Experience

  • Minimum of one year experience with machines, tools, equipment, including grinding machines and small tools for set up.
  • Basic reading and writing (English); basic math skills. Minimal to moderate physical strength is needed.
  • Ability to perform routine, repetitive operations while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Must work well under general supervision; will be required to make some independent judgments concerning product quality and take necessary corrective action.
  • Able to learn to use measuring instruments such as calipers, micrometers, and protractors, and have basic blueprint reading ability. Prior work requiring manual dexterity helpful but not necessary.
  • Ability to learn new instruments, using written specifications or an approved sample.
  • Ability to train others to follow established work instructions and assignments.
  • Computer knowledge helpful but not necessary.

Working Conditions

Lifting 10 - 25 lbs
Pulling 10 - 25 lbs
Pushing 10 - 25 lbs
Hand manipulation
Visual Acuity


STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention.  WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. STERIS is a $5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 17,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  39979
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Chicago, IL, US, 60618

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Infection Control, Equipment Operator, Patient Care, Inspector, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Quality