Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-4023 Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Adjust and correct machine set-ups to reduce thicknesses, reshape products, and eliminate product defects. Monitor machine cycles and mill operation to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications. 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. Manipulate controls and observe dial indicators in order to monitor, adjust, and regulate speeds of machine mechanisms. Start operation of rolling and milling machines to flatten, temper, form, and reduce sheet metal sections and to produce steel strips. Set distance points between rolls, guides, meters, and stops, according to specifications. Thread or feed sheets or rods through rolling mechanisms, or start and control mechanisms that automatically feed steel into rollers. Position, align, and secure arbors, spindles, coils, mandrels, dies, and slitting knives. Direct and train other workers to change rolls, operate mill equipment, remove coils and cobbles, and band and load material. Fill oil cups, adjust valves, and observe gauges to control flow of metal coolants and lubricants onto workpieces. Record mill production on schedule sheets. Install equipment such as guides, guards, gears, cooling equipment, and rolls, using hand tools. Signal and assist other workers to remove and position equipment, fill hoppers, and feed materials into machines.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.50   Entry $23,928.00
Mean $18.29   Mean $38,038.00
Experience $21.68 Experience $45,093.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-4023.00 Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic