Steel Industry Workers

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. In 2013, the U.S. steel industry operated more than 100 facilities employing 152,900 people, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Quick Facts
Duties Operate machinery that melts, molds, and forms iron ore and other materials to make the iron and steel used in countless products
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, but jobs exist throughout the country.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship; experience as a production helper
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Experienced Steel Industry Worker
  • Apprentice

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