As an operator of a 330 U.S. Ton capacity overhead crane, the job was impressive at first. But after awhile I realized I didn't want it for a lifetime. In a melt shop, danger goes without saying. The pay was great, for a non college-degree position. The company slacked on replacement parts for the cranes. Especially hoist motors. Had to run the hoist on one motor for weeks while the second motor was rebuilt; and this happened multiple times. No excuse- there should always have been a rebuilt/new one on standby. Running on one motor for that length of time was unacceptable in my eyes. Too easy to prevent. Someone should have been held accountable. The company hired a lot of youth. There were a moderate number of unfriendly people. I met a few people I liked. Make no mistake, hourly wage was not that impressive; you are highly dependent on monthly incentive which may be minimal at times of transformer explosions, perforated furnace and/or AOD vessel, and other catastrophic failures that go along with molten steel. But the incentive is usually good. Catastrophic failures are are few and far between. If you can tolerate it as a career, and plan for retirement, you will achieve it, so long as you live to that age.
Good pay, good benefits
Swing shift, no bathroom or lunch unless relieved.