Roll forming machinery is a tool used in many machine shops and factory settings. You can get training to use roll-forming machines from a variety of sources. While you don’t necessarily need any special training, your prospective employer will look at whatever specialized training you have as an asset as he reviews your resume.
Roll forming equipment produces many items, but as you do your training, you want to get a general feel for the capabilities of all roll-forming machines. The opportunity to work on a new or used roll forming machine should be available to you as you take classes. Depending on the class, you may also have the opportunity to use a customized roll forming machine as part of your course work. The training you receive should enable you to do the following:
1. Set up a roll form machine.
2. Operate the roll forming equipment safely.
3. Troubleshoot any problems with the roll forming machinery.
Understand the basic skills needed to operate roll forming machineryIf you want a career operating metal roll forming machines you need to understand that there is a certain amount of physical labor involved. You also need to know that there are mathematical skills necessary to set up the machines so they operate at their peak efficiency.
Take classes to learn how to operate roll forming machineryTypically these classes are part of machinist training or another industrial technology certificate program. As you take classes, you'll learn the proper methods used to operate roll forming equipment, and get experience on other pieces of equipment you might need to operate on the job.
Continue your roll-forming machines education and training once you get a jobTake any classes you can that are available from a roll forming machine manufacturer. These classes give you knowledge on the day-to-day operation of the equipment you use in the shop or factory. Refresher classes are also available through many trade groups.
- Pay special attention to any training on setting up roll forming equipment. If the roll of material is off by the tiniest fraction of an inch, you can wind up costing your employer a lot of money in lost materials and time. If you mess up too many times, it can cost you your job.