Rolling machine operator/setters start, run, and stop rolling machines.

Are you strong and good with your hands? Do you enjoy tinkering with machines and tools in your spare time? Put your various talents to work for you when you become a rolling machine operator. You’ll have the chance to spend your days on the production floor, where you’ll experience the action of manufacturing systems and the pride that comes from operating your own machine.

Rolling machine operators know every detail of the assigned machine, which allows you to start, run, and stop it. You’ll know how to read technical drawings and set up the machine accordingly, attaching or adjusting pieces and settings if necessary. If the machine is defective, you’ll know how to fix it yourself, or you’ll report it to a supervisor who can take care of the problem. You may need to load raw materials into the machine itself, which will then roll and stamp them into various shapes. This will require lots of physical strength and endurance.

Because the assembly line can be a dangerous place, you’ll need to have a clear head and pay attention to safety codes and procedures at all times. Maintenance work might require you to use hand or power tools, so knowledge and experience of those will definitely help make you qualified for the job.

This is an entry-level job, but previous experience with machines and mechanics will make you stand out to potential employers. Look for training or certification courses that offer a hands-on component to give your resume a boost.

Also Known As:

Roll Form Operator, Roll Operator, Roll Forming Machine Operator, Cold Roller, Rougher, Finisher

Critical Skills


  • Attention to Detail
  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Knowledge of Proper Machine Function
  • Monitor Machine Operation


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Adjust and correct machine set-ups
  • Monitor machine operation to detect jamming and to ensure that products conform to specifications
  • Examine, inspect, and measure raw materials and finished products
  • Read rolling orders, blueprints, and mill schedules to determine machine setup, product dimensions, and installation procedures
  • Observe and adjust machines to change speed and efficiency
  • Start and stop operation of rolling and milling machines
  • Set distance points between rolls, guides, meters, and stops according to specifications
  • Thread or feed sheets or rods through rolling mechanisms, or control mechanisms that feed steel into rollers
  • Position and secure arbors, spindles, coils, mandrels, dies, and slitting knives
  • Direct and train other workers to operate machines

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability
  • Physical Dexterity


  • Building Machines
  • Forming Materials

How to get this job

Most jobs have an on the job training program to help you learn their system. Having general courses in communications, machine operations, and safety is beneficial.

Next Steps for this job

A valid drivers license and a drug free record is critical for this position. Experience with engine repair or building is helpful.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.