Profession metal furnace operator

    metal furnace operator

Metal production process operators set up, operate or tend machines to extrude or draw metal materials, e.g. into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars or structural shapes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Tasks metal furnace operator

  • Plan and set up the sequence of operations according to blueprints, layouts or other instructions.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts according to specifications.
  • Load (, unload and reload) the machines with the items to be treated.
  • Operate machines, e.g. set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings and temperature.
  • Monitor machine operation, e.g. to detect defects or machine malfunctions.
  • Adjust machines as necessary (e.g. speed or feed), for example in case of defects, malfunctioning, or to alter products.
  • Examine completed work by comparing with specified tolerance limits using micrometers, gauges and other precision measuring instruments.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
  • Maintain and make minor repairs to the machines.
  • Prepare the machines for repair.

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  • 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.

  • Record furnace operations

    Log furnace time and production data.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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