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Rolling Machine Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

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