Bed Operator

Tend equipment that transfer rolled steel shapes to cooling beds.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bed Operators do?

Tends equipment that transfers rolled steel shapes, such as blooms, billets, rails, and pipe from processing lines to cooling beds: Presses controls to raise roll stop, start conveyor, and position material opposite specified cooling bed. Pulls levers to start pusher straightedge and dog-chain that shoves material off conveyor line onto cooling bed. Moves controls of dog-chain to pull cooled material from bed onto cradle or transfer car. Records number and type of object cooled. May assist other workers in making roll and hot saw blade changes and in repairing, replacing, or adjusting mill equipment.

Should I be a Bed Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

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    How to become a Bed Operator

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