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Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons

Build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits, and ovens, using refractory materials.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Measure furnace walls to determine dimensions and cut required number of sheets from plastic block, using saws.
    • Reline or repair ladles and pouring spouts with refractory clay, using trowels.
    • Tighten locknuts holding refractory stopper assemblies together, spread mortar on jackets to seal sleeve joints, and dry mortar in ovens.
    • Dry and bake new linings by placing inverted linings over burners, building fires in ladles, or by using blowtorches.
    • Remove worn or damaged plastic block refractory linings of furnaces, using hand tools.
    • Fasten stopper heads to rods with metal pins to assemble refractory stoppers used to plug pouring nozzles of steel ladles.
    • Chip slag from linings of ladles or remove linings when beyond repair, using hammers and chisels.
    • Climb scaffolding, carrying hoses, and spray surfaces of cupolas with refractory mixtures, using spray equipment.
    • Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, mortar powder, and water to form refractory clay or mortar, using shovels or mixing machines.
    • Drill holes in furnace walls, bolt overlapping layers of plastic to walls, and hammer surfaces to compress layers into solid sheets.
    • Spread mortar on stopper heads and rods, using trowels, and slide brick sleeves over rods to form refractory jackets.
    • Dump and tamp clay in molds, using tamping tools.
    • Disassemble molds, and cut, chip, and smooth clay structures such as floaters, drawbars, and L-blocks.
    • Transfer clay structures to curing ovens, melting tanks, and drawing kilns, using forklifts.
    • Install preformed metal scaffolding in interiors of cupolas, using hand tools.
    • Install clay structures in melting tanks and drawing kilns to control the flow and temperature of molten glass, using hoists and hand tools.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance

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