Machine Operator

Job Locations US-AL-Birmingham
Job ID
# of Openings
Hourly Full-Time
Work Location
On Site

About Us



Do you want to work for a stable, growing organization that reaches back more than 130 years?  Our steel tube and pipe products have helped build landmarks and buildings in North America; Come build your career at Zekelman Industries! 

Job Description


  • Ensure the safe and continuous operation of all machinery, and report unsafe conditions.
  • Monitor and control aspects of the mill manufacturing process, including loading coil, operating equipment, and completing quality control checks throughout.
  • Ensure equipment remains in proper operating condition
  • Perform all size, gauge, grade, and shape changes on the production line for assigned tube and pipe mill.
  • Inspect tooling condition at the end of each rolling and communicate the need for reconditioning.
  • Troubleshoot, solve, and communicate problems to crew and supervision to ensure quality of product.
  • Assist maintenance in performing simple preventive maintenance and repair tasks such as mill adjustment, fluid checks, minor part replacement and equipment lubrication.
  • Direct and assist in mill changeovers.
  • Communicate and unsure quality requirements are met by mill crew.
  • Maintain the offline requirements to ensure quick-change operation.
  • Calibrate micrometers at start of shift and at changeovers.
  • Complete all required paperwork, production records, and inventory.
  • Perform duties in accordance with company safety policies and regulatory agencies
  • Keep work area clean and orderly
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • High School Diploma or GED required, Associate’s or Technical School Diploma preferred
  • Previous mill operation/machine operator experience strongly preferred
  • Tube mill manufacturing experience strongly preferred



  • Mathematical Skills: Must have good math skills to be able to add, subtract, multiply, use decimals and fractions.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, reason or find out causes of something to try to find a solution. Able to problem solve with ability to diagnose equipment and quality problems.
  • Communication Skills: Able to communicate in English for written and verbal communication, including the ability to listen and speak effectively to understand and communicate the needs of customers and coworkers. Ability to read and interpret documents.
  • Computer Skills: Basic computer skills to look up work orders and interact with programs to obtain key work order requirements.
  • Previous experience with measuring devices (tape measures, micrometers, calipers etc.) preferred
  • Must be prepared to work overtime and odd hours to accomplish the necessary tasks whenever an emergency that threatens production or safety arises.
  • Regular, full-time, predictable onsite attendance per the posted schedule is an essential function of this role.



The following personal protective equipment and clothing may be required to be worn continuously by some/all job positions.

  • Enhanced visibility work uniforms
  • Various types of eye protection (Safety glasses, goggles, etc.)
  • Head protection such as hard hats or climbing helmets
  • Fall arrest harness
  • Hearing protection (standard and/or custom ear plugs)
  • Foot protection (Steel toed footwear that may include metatarsal protection)
  • Respiratory protection (dust masks and/or respirators)
  • Welding helmet
  • Welding attire
  • Various types of face shields



The following machinery and equipment may be required to be operated by teammates frequently – constantly.

  • Various hand tools
  • Overhead cranes
  • Various types of forklifts, industrial trucks, and elevated work platforms
  • Various types of heavy machinery
  • Welding and Cutting Equipment


Zekelman Industries offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-quality medical and dental benefits.  In addition, we have an amazing tuition assistance program, a bonus plan, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, immediate vesting, and much more.


We are Zekelman Industries.


We manufacture superior quality tubular and related products, and provide outstanding service for our valued customers.

We seek to continuously advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, utilizing the latest technology and management tools available to consistently increase profitability and the enterprise value of Zekelman Industries and of our customers.


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