Profession plastic heat treatment equipment operator

Plastic heat treatment equipment operators manipulate plastic products using machinery such as furnaces or flame-hardening machines in order to temper, anneal or heat-treat. They set up the machinery and read the production instructions to determine the furnace temperature. Plastic heat treatment equipment operators remove products from machines, let them cool down, examine and test products to see if they conform to specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Types of plastic

    Types of plastic materials and their chemical composition, physical properties, possible issues and usage cases.

  • Plastic resins

    The process of heating hydrocarbons, forming and combining polymers to create plastic resins which are used to make different kinds of products.

Skills

  • Maintain furnace temperature

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

  • Extract materials from furnace

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

  • Tend discharge conveyor

    Operate and monitor the equipment used to move bulk material, such as blended granules, from one place to another.

  • Load materials into furnace

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

  • Optimise production processes parameters

    Optimise and maintain the parameters of the production process such as flow, temperature or pressure.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Measure furnace temperature

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

  • Record furnace operations

    Log furnace time and production data.

  • 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.

  • Prevent damage in a furnace

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

Optional knowledge and skills

keep records of work progress mechanics check quality of raw materials feed hoppers inspect quality of products keep stock records types of metal manufacturing processes report defective manufacturing materials test chemical samples mix moulding and casting material operate lifting equipment perform test run maintain equipment types of metal cool materials