Profession metal furnace operator

Metal furnace operators monitor the process of making metal before it is cast into forms. They control metal making furnaces and direct all activities of furnace operation, including the interpretation of computer data, temperature measurement and adjustment, loading vessels, and adding iron, oxygen, and other additives to be melted into the desired metal composition. They control the chemicothermal treatment of the metal in order to reach the standards. In case of observed faults in the metal, they notify the authorised personnel and participate in the removal of the fault.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • 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.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Admit basic metals to furnace

    Start conveyors and open furnace doors to admit slabs, plate, sheet, and coil, or signal a crane operator to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.

  • Work in metal manufacture teams

    Ability to work confidently within a metal manufacturing group with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.

  • Maintain furnace temperature

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

  • Record furnace operations

    Log furnace time and production data.

  • Prevent damage in a furnace

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

  • Measure furnace temperature

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

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor gauge extract materials from furnace ensure health and safety in manufacturing resolve equipment malfunctions types of metal manufacturing processes perform minor repairs to equipment load materials into furnace manage time in furnace operations process incident reports for prevention measure metal to be heated record production data for quality control

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