Operator Rolling Mills, Process Control

Minimum ITI pass

Certified training for Process Operator Rolling Mills (programme aligned to ISC/Q0601 released by Indian Iron & Steel Sector Skill Council)

Training in:

Basics of metallurgy

Acid handling



Basics of Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Electrical controls

0 to 1 year with Diploma Pass, otherwise 2 to 3 years with ITI pass

In lieu of minimum qualification the incumbent should have 4 to 5 years of relevant work experience under an experienced Process Operator

The tasks a Process Operator Rolling Mills is expected to perform include:

Keeping different process lines functional

Ensuring continuity of process

Providing the actual commands for different operations as needed

Monitoring the operations for any deviations

Inspecting the material between processes to ensure alignment to specifications

Adept in physical properties and the features of coils, the effect of temperature, time, line-speed, burner flames, molten zinc, acid concentration, bath characteristics, alkali solution, etc. on the coils as applicable in different processing lines

Knowledge of reading and interpreting process charts, control plans, job manuals, safety and other instruction documents, etc.

Well-versed with how pickling/rolling/annealing/electrolytic cleaning/galvanising systems work and the essential associated parts/machines for the specific process

Knowledge of the usage of different interlocks and operation sequence

Adept in reading control parameters on computer screens and taking appropriate operating decision accordingly

Well-versed with operating desktop computers and be conversant with the latest software in use

Knowledge of rolling, pickling, annealing, galvanising, etc. processes along with that of basic metallurgy to understand deeper issues regarding material behaviour

Adept in the Entry, Process and Exit parameters of the continuous process and be familiar with the relevant parameters of any batch process involved

Proficient in identifying parameters and defects to be segregated and noted before passing materials such as under/over pickling, telescopicity, stickers, dross pick up, surface defects, etc.

Not applicable

Physically fit

Normal colour vision

Analytical skills

Problem solving attitude

High concentration levels

Sharp reflex

Independent and team worker

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to heavy equipment, etc.

Occupational hazards include sickness absenteeism, morbidity, workplace injuries, musculoskeletal problems, gastrointestinal problems, hypertension, etc.

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 20,000 to INR 25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Iron and Steel Sector

India is the fourth largest producer of crude steel and the largest producer of soft iron in the world. The steel sector in India is almost a century old, and exhibits significant economic importance due to rising demand by sectors such as infrastructure, real estate, and automobiles, in domestic as well as international markets. The level of per capita consumption of steel is an important determinant of the socio-economic development of the country. India?s per capita consumption in 2013 stood at around 57.8 kilograms. However, these figures are expected to rise with increased industrialisation throughout the country.

The Indian steel industry is divided into primary and secondary sectors. The primary sector comprises a few large integrated steel providers producing billets, slabs and hot rolled coils. The secondary sector involves small units focused on the production of value-added products such as cold rolled coils, galvanised coils, angles, columns, beams and other re-rollers, and sponge iron units. Both sectors cater to different market segments.

The demand for steel in India is expected to rise by 4-5 per cent this year and will touch a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15 per cent after FY17. Given the government's high focus on jump starting stalled projects, followed by pushing large flagship projects, including the freight and industrial corridors, it is expected that India will begin moving back on the path of materials intensive growth by the end of this year.

Also, the recently released Union Budget 2014?15 has paved the way for the development of the Indian steel sector with proposals for the construction of 100 smart cities and changes in the MMRD Act. India?s ranking in the global list for production of crude steel is all set to improve with increasing demand for domestic consumption in the years to follow.

Steel production in India is expected to reach 275 million tonnes by 2020, making it the second largest producer in the world. Presently, the Indian iron and steel industry employs around 500,000 people, but with the growing demand for iron and steel and increase in number of production units the employment in Indian iron and steel industry is expected to increase.

Iron and steel plants across India

Iron and steel plants across India