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 pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors machine cycles and mill operation to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications.
- Adjusts and corrects machine set-ups to reduce thicknesses, reshape products, and eliminate product defects.
- Starts operation of rolling and milling machines to flatten, temper, form, and reduce sheet metal sections and to produce steel strips.
- 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.
- Sets distance points between rolls, guides, meters, and stops, according to specifications.
- Calculates draft space and roll speed for each mill stand to plan rolling sequences and specified dimensions and tempers.
- Installs equipment such as guides, guards, gears, cooling equipment, and rolls, using hand tools.
- Positions, aligns, and secures arbors, spindles, coils, mandrels, dies, and slitting knives.