CAREER

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$39,530

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10.3% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Do

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat treat metal or plastic objects.

Other Job Titles Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Batch Heat Treat Operator, Burner, Coating Line Worker, Furnace Operator, Heat Treat Furnace Operator, Heat Treat Operator, Heat Treat Technician, Heat Treater, Scarf and Anneal Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read production schedules and work orders to determine processing sequences, furnace temperatures, and heat cycle requirements for objects to be heat-treated.
  • Record times that parts are removed from furnaces to document that objects have attained specified temperatures for specified times.
  • Adjust controls to maintain temperatures and heating times, using thermal instruments and charts, dials and gauges of furnaces, and color of stock in furnaces to make setting determinations.
  • Start conveyors and open furnace doors to load stock, or signal crane operators to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.
  • Set up and operate or tend machines, such as furnaces, baths, flame-hardening machines, and electronic induction machines, that harden, anneal, and heat-treat metal.

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