Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

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About the Job

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

It is also Called

  • Vulcanizer
  • Veneer Redrier
  • Veneer Drier
  • Varnish Melter
  • Varnish Maker
  • Vacuum Furnace Operator
  • Vacuum Drier Tender
  • Vacuum Drier Operator
  • Utility Operator
  • Unit Operator
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What They Do

  • Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights to detect deviations from standards.
  • Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems.
  • Press and adjust controls to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications.
  • Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books.
  • Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools.
  • Read and interpret work orders and instructions to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules.
  • Load equipment receptacles or conveyors with material to be processed, by hand or using hoists.
  • Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Remove products from equipment, manually or using hoists, and prepare them for storage, shipment, or additional processing.
  • Calculate amounts of materials to be loaded into furnaces, adjusting amounts as necessary for specific conditions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Ohio was $36,060 with most people making between $25,690 and $50,290

Outlook

-0.07%
avg. annual growth

During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 1,480 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 1,350 employed in 2026.

This occupation will have about -1 openings due to growth and about 131 replacement openings for approximately 130 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Silver certificate

Skill Level
Observation4
Locating Information4
Reading for Information4
Listening3
Applied Mathematics3
Writing3
Applied Technology3
Teamwork3