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Working As A Furnace Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • $66,270

    Average Salary

What Does A Furnace Operator Do At Stanley Black and Decker

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* This is a job summary which includes essential job duties of the position.
* More specific information regarding duties may be provided upon request.
* In this role the selected person will need to have a good time management skills due to running 4 furnaces at once.
* The selected person will need to be able to work in a team environment and have a strong understanding of 5s and TPM.
* Duties:_
* Learn to operate multiple pieces of equipment including a horizontal furnance, butt welder, punch press.
* Work as part of a team to identify quality and production gaps in the operation of new
* Flex hours/schedule as demand dictates
* Participate in safety initiatives.
* Meet customer quality and production needs.
* Utilize SAP for transactions, Inventory control
* Willing to cross train on multiple pieces of equipment.
* Climate:_
* Position requires highly motivated individual that can work in a rapidly changing manufacturning environment.
* Work is conducted in an environment of management and factory skilled and non-skilled personnel, with special emphasis on practicing team principles

What Does A Furnace Operator Do At R. H. Sheppard Co., Inc.

* Responsible for accurate completion of daily inspection documents, i.e. daily inspection form, first machined piece, QCI-related forms, and Process Control Charts
* Read and interpret the “recipe” for the parts being heat treated into the control of all equipment as needed
* Schedule and/or mix furnace loads as needed to meet production demands and maximize the throughput of each furnace
* Interact with the metallurgical lab to ensure the quality and timely release of the parts produced; Provide clear instructions to the furnace loader
* Set up and/or program the computerized parts marking system or hand stamp as needed to properly mark each part according to standard work instructions
* Log all appropriate data from the various controls located on each furnace and enter it into the computer according to standard work instructions
* Will be required to safely start or recover all equipment as needed regardless if it is a cold start, recovery from a power or equipment failure
* Other duties as assigned
* Required being very flexible in their daily job assignments as the incumbent will work 12 hour shifts with a strong desire to work additional hours as needed

What Does A Furnace Operator Do At Precision Castparts Corp.

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Perform per-operative checks prior to and during pump down cycle using established procedures and checklists.
* Set up and operate the furnace as directed for melting to include: loading material, pumping down furnace, setting beam programs, operating data logging instrumentation, melting and casting, unloading ingots, maintain operating records and logs, and maintain material, clean-out of furances and maintenance needed lists.
* Use various hand and power tools as directed
* Perform maintenance required ensuring good operating condition of furnace and auxiliary equipment such as electrical, electronic, vacuum, hydraulic, pneumatic and cooling systems
* Perform mechanical skill functions such as flame cut, arc weld, silver solder, and soft solder

What Does A Furnace Operator Do At Owens Corning

* Follows all Owens Corning safety policies and procedures.
* Know plant EPA goals or requirements and insures goals are met on a daily basis.
* Maintain good quality products by insuring consistent operation of furnace and afterburner system.
* Performs/assist in Cupola furnace preparation, start-up, shutdowns, and clean outs.
* Inspects the furnace and controls, completes the shift change inspection check list then reports identified irregularities.
* Monitors and adjusts many process controls to ensure quality transition between raw materials and finished goods.
* Regularly monitors, verifies, and adjust the furnace power and temperature.
* Maintains control of cupola parameters; cooling and charge flow rates, cooling, melt, and gas temperatures.
* Reports any problems to appropriate personnel and carries out emergency procedures.
* Maintains condition of melt stream flow onto spinner wheels and takes immediate action in case of defects or deviations of specified operating parameters; Maintains melt capacity and line production capacity.
* Pays special attention to the cooling system, blast, lubrication, temperatures in the melting process and rotating parts of machinery.
* Assists or performs spinner replacement operations, discharging the material from the cupola and preparing the furnace for operation.
* Uses fork lift and other related material handling machinery Responsible for furnace LTT process Ensures clean and orderly housekeeping in all assigned areas at all times Works closely together with technical staff in monitoring the process of melting, fiberization and cleaning and submitting proposals for process improvements.
* Performs other tasks and duties within scope as necessary and in agreement with the lead

What Does A Furnace Operator Do At Eaton Corporation

* Assemble Vacuum Bottles
* Electro-polish Stainless Steel, Copper, & Monel
* Perform hipot, length, pressure & resistance tests
* Operate Silver Plating
* Load, Unload, and Operate the Furnace
* Pre-braze & Spot Weld
* Knowledge of Hazardous Materials & their Locations
* Read & use Production Documentation including Blue Prints
* Notify department team leader / lead operator / supervisor / manager (escalation process) of all material and/or equipment deficiencies.
* Interface with other departments as production requires (Engineering, Quality, etc.)
* Meet or exceed quality and quantity standards.
* Keep work area clean and orderly.
* Contribute suggestions for methods or product improvement.
* Use and operate tools and equipment consistent with this job.
* Perform other related duties as assigned.
* Adheres to all environmental, health, safety rules and regulations, and work instructions.
* Fosters an environment that promotes Eaton’s goals, philosophies, and encourages continuous improvement through participation and teamwork.
* Qualifications
* Basic Qualifications
* Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
* No relocation benefit is being offered for this position.
* Only candidates that currently reside within the immediate geographical area (50 miles) of the work location will be considered.
* Must have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
* Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience

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How To Become A Furnace Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Furnace Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Italian

  • Swahili

  • German

  • Kinyarwanda

  • Dakota

  • Carrier

  • French

  • Russian

  • Lingala

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Top Skills for A Furnace Operator


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Top Furnace Operator Skills

  1. Furnace Temperatures
  2. Steel Parts
  3. Heat Aluminum Slabs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor gas flow for atmospheric conditions, and furnace temperatures to achieve desired hardness and minimal scale.
  • Heat Treat Operator & Team Lead, hardening steel parts through propriety recipes ensure mechanical properties & measurements.
  • Follow guidelines and safety procedures.
  • Read and interpret work orders and instructions in order to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules.
  • Job duties include operating large vacuum furnaces simultaneously as well as monitoring and manipulating temperatures for successful braze segments.

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