Profession coking furnace operator

Coking furnace operators monitor the operation of a usually automatic industrial oven that takes in crushed, washed, and blended bituminous coal and heats it to temperatures between 1000 and 2000 °C without the presence of oxygen in order to obtain cokes. The finished cokes are then quenched with water or air and prepared for transport.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Coking process

    The process of destructive distillation where crushed, washed and blended coal is heated to remove impurities and water.

Skills

  • Monitor gauge

    Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.

  • Extract materials from furnace

    Remove materials from the furnace using a crane, a conveyor, by tilting the furnace, or using other methods.

  • Load materials into furnace

    Load materials in furnace with correct positioning, fastening and levelling when needed.

  • Maintain furnace temperature

    Observe pyrometer and adjust controls to maintain temperature between specified limits.

  • Prevent damage in a furnace

    Provide damage and risk prevention in a furnace or a smelter.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Operate furnace

    Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting, to produce specified types of steel, or to finish other materials such as cokes. Set furnace controls to regulate temperatures and heating time.

  • Operate heat treatment furnace

    Operate or tend furnaces such as gas, oil, electric to heat treat castings in order to reach the correct mechanical properties. Adjust furnace controls to heat parts the prescribed time to the right temperature.

  • Monitor coke quenching

    Monitor the process where hot cokes are removed from the oven and quenched using water or increasingly air to make transport possible.

  • Measure furnace temperature

    Measure temperature of product to determine necessity for adjusting furnace temperature or timing cycle, using thermal instruments and charts.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

Optional knowledge and skills

record furnace operations manage time in furnace operations perform minor repairs to equipment chemistry process incident reports for prevention ensure health and safety in manufacturing