Profession metal annealer

Metal annealers operate electric or gas kilns to soften metal so it can be cut and shaped more easily. They heat the metal to a specific temperature and / or colour and then slowly cool it, both according to specifications. Metal annealers inspect the metals through the entire process to observe any flaws.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Metal forming technologies

    The variety of technologies and techniques, such as forging, pressing, stamping, rolling and others, used for the forming processes of metal product manufacturing.

Skills

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Keep records of work progress

    Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.

  • Comply with production schedule

    Make sure that the time periods allocated to each step of the manufacturing process are respected.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Operate metal heating equipment

    Use heating machinery to bake filled-up moulds or to melt steel, metal and other materials.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • Restore trays

    Restore the trays in order to be reused by removing them form the kiln and placing them into the lehr for gradual cooling and annealing.

  • Adjust oven temperature

    Adjust the oven temperature level and uniformity by correcting the fuel feed.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Adjust burner controls

    Adjust the heat in the burner regulating the thermostat according to the prescribed temperature following each product specification.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Observe products' behaviour

    Observe the color of fires and pyrometric cones under certain processing conditions such as high temperature.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

Optional knowledge and skills

record production data manage kiln ventilation report defective manufacturing materials maintain equipment read gas meter manage waste assemble metal parts perform test run mechanics operate drying blowers perform kiln maintenance mark a metal workpiece using punch monitor end-product drying process handle metal work orders repair metal sheets monitor gauge remove defective products monitor conveyor belt