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Become A Roller Mill Operator

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Working As A Roller Mill Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $37,030

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Roller Mill Operator does

  • Read rolling orders and mill schedules to determine setup specifications, work sequences, product specifications and installation procedures.
  • Examine, inspect, and measure raw materials and finished products to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Engaged and motivated employees while promoting teamwork with other supervisors.
  • Assembled roll stands, entry and delivery guides using hand tools and impact wrenches.
  • Start -up of furnace, maintenance & repairs, operator of 100-ton per hour rolling mill furnace.
  • Manipulated controls and observed dial indicators in order to monitor adjust and regulate speeds of machine mechanisms.
  • Run the roll mill ensuring parts were within customerspecifiations.
  • Cut samples of rounds, rebar and thread bar and measured them to ensure customer specifications.
  • Worked with leads and utilities to properly perform preventative maintenance and housekeeping across stacking unit.
  • Set mill standards to over 120 different products and sizes.
  • Directed two helpers with daily operations.
  • Monitored machine cycles and mill operations to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications.

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How To Become A Roller Mill Operator

A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.

Education

Employers prefer metal and plastic machine workers who have a high school diploma. Prospective workers can improve their employment opportunities by completing high school courses in computer programming and vocational technology, and by gaining a working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics. Having a sturdy math background, including taking courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, is also useful.

Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines.

Training

Machine operator trainees usually begin by watching and helping experienced workers on the job. Under supervision, they may start by supplying materials, starting and stopping the machines, or by removing finished products. Then they advance to more difficult tasks that operators perform, such as adjusting feed speeds, changing cutting tools, and inspecting a finished product for defects. Eventually, some develop the skills and experience to set up machines and help newer operators.

The complexity of the equipment usually determines the time required to become an operator. Some operators and tenders learn basic machine operations and functions in a few months, but other workers, such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, may need a year or more to become proficient.

Some employers prefer to hire workers who either have completed or are enrolled in a training program.

As the manufacturing process continues to utilize more computerized machinery, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can show competence and professionalism and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.

Advancement

Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.

Experienced workers with good communication and analytical skills may move into supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Metal and plastic machine workers must often be able to use programmable devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Dexterity. Metal and plastic machine workers who work in metal and plastic machined goods manufacturing use precise hand movements to make the necessary shapes, cuts, and edges that designs require.

Mechanical skills. Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machinery. They must be comfortable working with machines and have a good understanding of how the machines and all their parts work.

Physical stamina. Metal and plastic machine workers must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitive work.

Physical strength. Metal and plastic machine workers must be strong enough to guide and load heavy and bulky parts and materials into machines.

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Roller Mill Operator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    93.7%
  • Female

    4.9%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    85.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.9%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    0.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Top Skills for A Roller Mill Operator

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Top Roller Mill Operator Skills

  1. Roll Mill
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Setup Specifications
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Started in Production, then went to automatic press operator,then went on to be a Roll Mill Operator.
  • Worked with leads and utilities to properly perform preventative maintenance and housekeeping across stacking unit.
  • Read rolling orders and mill schedules to determine setup specifications, work sequences, product specifications and installation procedures.
  • Start -up of furnace, maintenance & repairs, operator of 100-ton per hour rolling mill furnace.
  • Inspected finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.

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