Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4023.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
33,700 employed

Projected (2024):
29,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bar Finish Operator
  • Bar Roller
  • Barrel Roller Operator
  • Bed Operator
  • Brass Roller
  • Breakdown Mill Operator
  • Bulldogger
  • Calender Operator
  • Caster Operator
  • Coiler Operator
  • Cold Mill Operator
  • Cold Reduction Roller
  • Cold Roll Catcher
  • Cold Roll Operator
  • Cold Roller
  • Cold Rolling Coordinator
  • Cold Strip Feeder
  • Cold Strip Roller
  • Cold-Mill Operator
  • Cold-Rolling Machine Setter
  • Controller
  • Delivery Table Operator
  • Drawing Machine Operator
  • Drum Straightener
  • Embossing Tool Setter
  • Entry Table Operator
  • Finish Mill Operator
  • Finish Rolls Operator
  • Finisher
  • First Leveler
  • Flange Machine Operator
  • Flanger
  • Flat Breakdown Processor
  • Forming Roll Operator
  • Guide Setter
  • High Frequency Mill Operator
  • High Speed Operator
  • Hot Mill Operator
  • Hot Mill Roller
  • Hot Mill Tin Roller
  • Hot Roller
  • Hot Strip Finisher
  • Hotbed Lever Operator
  • Hotbed Operator
  • Leveler
  • Machine Operator
  • Mangle Roll Operator
  • Mangle Roller
  • Mangler
  • Manipulator
  • Manipulator Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Medart Operator
  • Metal Sheet Roller Operator
  • Mill Control Operator
  • Mill Operator
  • Milling/Polishing Operator
  • Operator
  • Parts Finisher
  • Piercer Operator
  • Piercing Machine Operator
  • Piercing Mill Operator
  • Pipe Straightener
  • Plastic Straightening Roll Operator
  • Primary Mill Roller
  • Primary Operator
  • Reducing Machine Operator
  • Reel Operator
  • Reeling Machine Operator
  • Reeling Machine Setup Operator
  • Rip/Mould Operator
  • Rod Finisher
  • Roll Form Operator
  • Roll Forming Machine Operator
  • Roll Forming Machine Set Up Mechanic
  • Roll Forming Machine Set Up Operator
  • Roll Forming Machine Set-Up Mechanic
  • Roll Operator
  • Roll Over Press Operator
  • Roll Setter
  • Roll Table Operator
  • Roll Threader Operator
  • Roll Tube Setter
  • Roller
  • Roller Leveler
  • Roller Leveler Operator
  • Roller Machine Operator
  • Rolling Attendant
  • Rolling Mill Operator
  • Rolls Mill Operator
  • Rougher
  • Rougher Operator
  • Roughing Mill Operator
  • Scarfer
  • Screw Down
  • Screwdown Operator
  • Scroll Machine Operator
  • Seam Hammerer
  • Seamless Tube Roller
  • Sheet Roller Operator
  • Skelp Processor
  • Skin Pass Operator
  • Small Brake Form Operator
  • Spanner Operator
  • Speed Operator
  • Spline Rolling Machine Job Setter
  • Stainless Steel Finisher
  • Steel Finisher
  • Steel Roller
  • Straightening Roll Operator
  • Strip Mill Operator
  • Strip Roller
  • Table Lever Operator
  • Table Operator
  • Table Runner
  • Tandem Mill Operator
  • Tank Hoop Bender
  • Temper Mill Operator
  • Threader Operator
  • Tube Mill Operator
  • Tube Roller
  • Tubing Machine Operator
  • Vacuum Form Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Adjust and correct machine set-ups to reduce thicknesses, reshape products, and eliminate product defects.
  • Monitor machine cycles and mill operation to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications.
  • Examine, inspect, and measure raw materials and finished products to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Read rolling orders, blueprints, and mill schedules to determine setup specifications, work sequences, product dimensions, and installation procedures.
  • Manipulate controls and observe dial indicators to monitor, adjust, and regulate speeds of machine mechanisms.
  • Start operation of rolling and milling machines to flatten, temper, form, and reduce sheet metal sections and to produce steel strips.
  • Set distance points between rolls, guides, meters, and stops, according to specifications.
  • Thread or feed sheets or rods through rolling mechanisms, or start and control mechanisms that automatically feed steel into rollers.
  • Position, align, and secure arbors, spindles, coils, mandrels, dies, and slitting knives.
  • Direct and train other workers to change rolls, operate mill equipment, remove coils and cobbles, and band and load material.
  • Fill oil cups, adjust valves, and observe gauges to control flow of metal coolants and lubricants onto workpieces.
  • Record mill production on schedule sheets.
  • Install equipment such as guides, guards, gears, cooling equipment, and rolls, using hand tools.
  • Signal and assist other workers to remove and position equipment, fill hoppers, and feed materials into machines.
  • Calculate draft space and roll speed for each mill stand to plan rolling sequences and specified dimensions and tempers.
  • Select rolls, dies, roll stands, and chucks from data charts to form specified contours and to fabricate products.
  • Activate shears and grinders to trim workpieces.
  • Remove scratches and polish roll surfaces, using polishing stones and electric buffers.
  • Disassemble sizing mills removed from rolling lines, and sort and store parts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Chain hoists
  • Cluster rolling mills
  • Crop shears
  • Diameter gauges
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital radius gauges
  • Digital strain gauges
  • Displacement transducers
  • Electric overhead traveling EOT cranes
  • Finishing mills
  • Fluid pressure transducers
  • Four-high rolling mills
  • Height gauges
  • Hot metal detectors
  • Industrial furnaces
  • Long-handled brushes
  • Optical gauges
  • Plate outline gauges
  • Ring gauges
  • Roll lubrication systems
  • Roughing mills
  • Sheet metal gauges
  • Steel tapes
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tandem rolling mills
  • Tensiometers
  • Three-high rolling mills
  • Two-high reversing rolling mills
  • Two-high rolling mills
  • Velocimeters
  • Weighing load cells
  • Width gauges
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Web browser software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220