Sets up, operates, or tends machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts and corrects machine set-ups to reduce thicknesses, reshape products, and eliminate product defects.
- Monitors machine cycles and mill operation to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications.
- Examines, inspects, and measures raw materials and finished products to verify conformance to specifications.
- Reads rolling orders, blueprints, and mill schedules to determine setup specifications, work sequences, product dimensions, and installation procedures.
- Manipulates controls and observes dial indicators to monitor, adjust, and regulate speeds of machine mechanisms.
- Starts operation of rolling and milling machines to flatten, temper, form, and reduce sheet metal sections and to produce steel strips.
- Sets distance points between rolls, guides, meters, and stops, according to specifications.
- Threads or feeds sheets or rods through rolling mechanisms, or starts and controls mechanisms that automatically feed steel into rollers.
- Positions, aligns, and secures arbors, spindles, coils, mandrels, dies, and slitting knives.
- Directs and trains other workers to change rolls, operate mill equipment, remove coils and cobbles, and band and load material.