Roller Mill Operator

Operate mills equipped with rollers to grind paste of premixed ingredients.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Roller Mill Operators do?

Operates mill equipped with rollers to grind paste of premixed ingredients, such as pigments, resins, solvents, oils, and plasticizers, for use in paint, lacquer, and ink: Moves controls to set specified roll spacing and pressure. Starts flow of water through roll cooling system to prevent ignition or discoloration of paste. Adjusts feed gate to regulate flow of paste from hopper onto feeder roll. Secures scraper blade to takeoff roll and bolts chute to scraper blade, allowing paste to flow from roll into thinning and storage tanks or scrapes paste from mill apron into container, using spatula. Tests paste sample for fineness, using grind gauge, or sends sample to laboratory for analysis. Adjusts roll pressure controls to regulate flow of paste during grinding. Cleans equipment, using scrapers and solvents. May pump specified types and quantities of thinners into thinning tank. May blend specified extenders with paste, using portable mixer.


Should I be a Roller Mill Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Raw Mill Operator, Rolled-Oats-Mill Operator

    How to become a Roller Mill Operator

    Most Roller 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:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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