Type Rolling Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to roll and press-forge characters.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Type Rolling Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machines to roll and press-forge characters onto steel blanks to form typewriter type: Installs and aligns roller jaws, and blank-holding, letter-forming, and trimming dies, using handtools. Fills hopper with blanks and starts machine. Measures type samples for centrality, curvature, and height of characters, using fixture gauge, eye loupe, and shadowgraph or calibrated microscope. Compares measurements against type on chart and turns setscrews and shims tooling to align dies and type that conform to specifications. May hand feed machine by positioning blank in holding die in rotating table. May pry rolled type from holding die, using knife.


Should I be a Type Rolling Machine 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • How to Become a
    Type Rolling Machine Operator

    Type Rolling Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Type Rolling Machine Operator-related education!
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