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

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Load equipment receptacles or conveyors with material to be processed, by hand or using hoists.
    • 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.
    • Transport materials and products to and from work areas, manually or using carts, handtrucks, or hoists.
    • Melt or refine metal before casting, calculating required temperatures, and observe metal color, adjusting controls as necessary to maintain required temperatures.
    • Weigh or measure specified amounts of ingredients or materials for processing, using devices such as scales and calipers.
    • Direct crane operators and crew members to load vessels with materials to be processed.
    • Feed fuel, such as coal and coke, into fireboxes or onto conveyors, and remove ashes from furnaces, using shovels and buckets.
    • Replace worn or defective equipment parts, using hand tools.
    • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools.
    • Sprinkle chemicals on the surface of molten metal to bring impurities to surface and remove impurities, using strainers.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    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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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,130
    • Yearly Projected Openings 120

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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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation

    Tools

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    • Air dryers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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