"You can't find a better career in another industry. It's fast paced, the opportunity for advancement is great and financial gains cannot be compared with any other sector."

A production worker starts at $50,000/year. With overtime, this can increase up to $90,000/year.


For production worker Stephanie Sebastian, working in a steel mill is a family affair. She's a third generation of steel workers. Stephanie went to university after high school, but was lured into the steel business by the great money, benefits and positive work environment.

Stephanie works in a galvanizing mill. Galvanizing steel protects it from rusting. The molten galvanizing material almost looks cold to touch, but would melt your fingers in a second. Stephanie handles the material carefully and wears heavy duty protective equipment to ward off potential splashes.

Did you know? Domestic use of steel is increasing by 8% a year on average.

While Stephanie really enjoys her job, she likes not having to think about it when the workday's over. She 's got other things to think about, like the new place she just bought, her trip to Europe, you know. Life's good!

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As a production worker, Stephanie performs different tasks depending on where she's working in the mill. She can be in quality control, shipping and handling or operating a machine called a welder. This tool welds the beginning of a new coil of steel to the end of the one already on the production line in order to create one continuous strip of metal. The steel moves along the production line and goes through several furnaces and a zinc bath to become galvanized. The final product can then be used in the automotive and construction industry.


Education: In-house company training; Degree in psychology.

Hobbies: Sports, walking the dog, reading, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, hanging out with friends.