Steel Industry Workers

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Steel industry workers melt, mold, and form iron ore and other materials to make the iron and steel used in countless products. These workers operate furnaces, molding equipment, and rolling and finishing machines to make iron pipes, grates, steel slabs, bars, billets, sheets, rods, wires, and plates. Iron and steel products range from carpentry nails to building girders and from cars to guitar strings. The U.S. steel industry operates more than 100 facilities that employ approximately 142,000 people, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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Alternate Title(s) Blast Furnace Keepers and Helpers, Bottom Makers, Charger Operators, Coiler Operators, Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Draw-Bench Operators, Finishing Operators, Furnace Operators, Guide Setters, Hot-Mill Tin Rollers, Hot-Top Liners, Kiln Operators, Mill Recorders, Mill Utility Workers, Pig-Machine Operators, Primary Mill Rollers, Rail-Tractor Operators, Reeling-Machine Operators, Roll Builders, Roller-Leveler Operators, Rolling Attendants, Roll-Tube Setters, Rougher Operators, Roughers, Screwdown Operators, Sinter Workers, Speed Operators, Steel Pourers, Stove Tenders, Table Operators, Tube Drawers, Tubing-Machine Operators
Duties Operate machinery that melts, molds, and forms iron ore and other materials to make the iron and steel used in countless products
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, but jobs exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship; experience as production helper
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Experienced Steel Industry Worker
  • Apprentice

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