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

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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.

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

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $44,220/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,650
    • Yearly Projected Openings 210
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Thickness measuring devices
    • Strain gauges
    • Rolling press
    • Radius gauge
    • Height gauges
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