Mill Operator

Run machines that process massive sheets of metal or bushels of grain.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mill Operators do?

There are a few types of mills that you can work at as a Mill Operator. And depending on your workplace, you can do everything from manufacturing steel to grinding feeds for livestock.

At a steel mill, you’re in charge of the machines that roll out large pieces of metal as a Mill Operator. You start your work with a client’s order or a set of blueprints. You enter the specifications for the metal (these are things like the thickness, shape, and length of the pieces) into the computer, and then start it up when you’re a Mill Operator.

You put the metal into the machine to be cut, and then pull it out at the end. Throughout the whole process, you keep an eye on quality, making sure the metal going in is free from any imperfections and the stuff coming out is up to par. You also do basic upkeep on the mill, and handle any major issues that might come up and stop production. You change out rolls of steel, and replace pieces like blades or chords.

In a feed mill, you have a lot of the same responsibilities. The big difference between this and a steel mill is, obviously, the product. Instead of metal, you work with grain.

However, you still perform basic maintenance, and fix any major issues that come up. You keep an eye on the end product to be sure that it’s of excellent quality, and periodically check that the correct amount is going in each feedbag. You also make sure that all federal regulations are being followed, and keep a close watch on the mill’s budget as well.

Should I be a Mill Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

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    How to become a Mill Operator

    Most Mill Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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