Profession plastic heat treatment equipment operator

Plastic heat treatment equipment operators set up and operate furnaces, flame-hardening machines, soaking pits, etc. to temper, harden, anneal or heat-treat plastic products. They read production orders to determine furnace temperature. Heat treatment equipment operators remove products from machines and let them cool down. They examine and test to see if they conform to specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Plastic resins

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

  • Types of plastic

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • Maintain furnace temperature

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

  • Optimise production processes parameters

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

  • Load materials into furnace

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

  • Tend discharge conveyor

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Extract materials from furnace

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

  • Troubleshoot

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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