Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Vacuum Form Operator
  • Tubing Machine Operator
  • Tube Roller
  • Tube Mill Operator
  • Threader Operator
  • Temper Mill Operator
  • Tank Hoop Bender
  • Tandem Mill Operator
  • Table Runner
  • Table Operator
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What They Do

  • Disassemble sizing mills removed from rolling lines, and sort and store parts.
  • Remove scratches and polish roll surfaces, using polishing stones and electric buffers.
  • Activate shears and grinders to trim workpieces.
  • Select rolls, dies, roll stands, and chucks from data charts to form specified contours and to fabricate products.
  • Calculate draft space and roll speed for each mill stand to plan rolling sequences and specified dimensions and tempers.
  • Signal and assist other workers to remove and position equipment, fill hoppers, and feed materials into machines.
  • Install equipment such as guides, guards, gears, cooling equipment, and rolls, using hand tools.
  • Record mill production on schedule sheets.
  • Fill oil cups, adjust valves, and observe gauges to control flow of metal coolants and lubricants onto workpieces.
  • Direct and train other workers to change rolls, operate mill equipment, remove coils and cobbles, and band and load material.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.



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