Screwdown Operator

Operate electric-screwdown mechanisms on rolling mill.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Screwdown Operators do?

Operates electric-screwdown mechanism on rolling mill to set draft for reducing slabs, ingots, or billets to specified dimensions, using knowledge of rolling practices and steel properties: Reads rolling order for dimensions, properties, and temperature of product to be rolled. Determines, from experience, number of passes and amount of reduction on each pass required to reduce product to specifications. Moves controls to set rolls for each pass, according to draft reading on dial indicator. Performs other duties, such as assisting in roll changes and repairing or adjusting mill equipment. May calibrate dial of screwdown setting with x-ray reading.


Should I be a Screwdown Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Screw Down

    How to become a Screwdown Operator

    Most Screwdown Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%2810%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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