Scrap Baller

Tend machines that wind metal scrap into balls for salvage.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Scrap Ballers do?

Tends machine that winds metal scrap into balls for salvage: Hooks end of scrap onto reel of machine, using hook or handtool. Starts machine that rotates reel and winds scrap into ball of specified size. Turns lever to eject wound ball from machine. Signals OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 to lower sling, and hooks ball onto sling for removal from work area. Ties ball with wire to prevent unraveling. May grade scrap according to alloy content. May turn reel, manually to wind scrap. May cut scrap metal, using power shear. May weigh scrap metal, using floor scale.


Should I be a Scrap Baller?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Scrap Baller

    Most Scrap Ballers 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:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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