Wheel Mill Operator

Tend grinding mills that crush powder or explosives ingredients.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wheel Mill Operators do?

Tends grinding mill that crushes powder or explosives ingredients, such as sulfur, saltpeter, and charcoal, used in manufacturing gunpowder: Charges mill with prescribed amounts of ingredients. Starts mill wheel revolving for specified time or until materials are crushed and mixed and rakes or dumps contents into containers for storage or further processing. When tending mill that crushes finished powder to grains of specified size to attain uniform ballistic properties, is designated Graining Operator. May tend vibrating screens to separate particles of varying sizes.


Should I be a Wheel 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Wheel Mill Operator

    Most Wheel 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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