CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel. Draw smelted metal samples from furnaces or kettles for analysis, and calculate types and amounts of materials needed to ensure that materials meet specifications.
 
Drain, transfer, or remove molten metal from furnaces, and place it into molds, using hoists, pumps, or ladles.
 
Record production data, and maintain production logs.
 
Operate controls to move or discharge metal workpieces from furnaces.
 
Weigh materials to be charged into furnaces, using scales.
 
Regulate supplies of fuel and air, or control flow of electric current and water coolant to heat furnaces and adjust temperatures.
 
Inspect furnaces and equipment to locate defects and wear.
 
Observe air and temperature gauges or metal color and fluidity, and turn fuel valves or adjust controls to maintain required temperatures.
 
Observe operations inside furnaces, using television screens, to ensure that problems do not occur.
 
Remove impurities from the surface of molten metal, using strainers.
 
Kindle fires, and shovel fuel and other materials into furnaces or onto conveyors by hand, with hoists, or by directing crane operators.
 
Sprinkle chemicals over molten metal to bring impurities to the surface.
 
Direct work crews in the cleaning and repair of furnace walls and flooring.
 
Prepare material to load into furnaces, including cleaning, crushing, or applying chemicals, by using crushing-machines, shovels, rakes, or sprayers.
 
Scrape accumulations of metal oxides from floors, molds, and crucibles, and sift and store them for reclamation.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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 there is a problem.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Arc / Argon Oxygen Decarborization Melter (ARC / AOD Melter)
Arc Furnace Operator
Argon Oxygen Decarborization Refining Vessel Operator (AOD Refining Vessel Operator)
Automatic Furnace Operator
Backbreaker
Bessemer Converter Blower
Bessemer Converter Operator
Bessemer Regulator
Blade Bender Furnace Tender
Blast Furnace Blower
Blast Furnace Keeper
Blast Furnace Operator
Blast Furnace Tender
Blower Operator
Burner
Burner Tender
Cadmium Burner
Central Melt Specialist
Charge Operator
Charger Operator
Charging Machine Operator
Coke Burner
Coke Drawer
Condenser Setter
Control Room Operator
Converter
Converter Operator
Converter Skimmer
Cooler Operator
Copper Tapper
Cover Operator
Crucible Furnace Tender
Cupola Melter
Cupola Operator
Cupola Tender
Desilverizer
Direct Casting Operator
Electric Arc Furnace Operator
Electric Furnace Operator
Electric Melt Operator
Feeder
Fettler
Fire Regulator
Floater
Flux Plant Operator
Flux Tube Attendant
Foundry Worker Apprentice
Furnace Charger
Furnace Checker
Furnace Door Tender
Furnace Filler
Furnace Firer
Furnace Hand
Furnace Keeper
Furnace Loader
Furnace Operator
Furnace Puncher
Furnace Roaster
Furnace Tapper
Furnace Tender
Gas Reverser
Gas Tender
Head Charger
Hearth Feeder
Hot Baller
Hot Blast Worker
Hot Car Charger
Hot Iron Worker
Hot Metal Car Operator
Hot Metal Charger
Induction Furnace Operator
Ingot Passer
Iron Caster
Iron Founder
Iron Melter
Kettle Skimmer
Kettle Worker
Kiln Burner
Kiln Firer
Kiln Operator
Kiln Packer
Kiln Tender
Lead Furnace Operator
Lead Refiner
Lead Shop Operator
Leveler
Manganese Heater
Melt Down Furnace Operator
Melt Room Operator
Melt Supervisor
Melter
Melting Furnace Skimmer
Melting Operator
Metal Furnace Operator
Metal Melter
Metal Off Bearer
Metal Reclamation Kettle Tender
Metal Refiner
Metal Roaster
Metal Smelter
Muffle Worker
Muffler Hand
Muffler Tender
Observer
Oil Burner
Oil Burner Journeyman
Open Hearth Furnace Operator
Open Hearth Melter
Open Hearth Worker
Ore Charger
Ore Dryer
Ore Roaster
Ore Smelter
Ore Storage Drier
Oven Heater
Oven Operator
Oven Tender
Oven Worker
Oxygen Furnace Operator
Pig Caster
Pig Casting Machine Operator
Pig Furnace Operator
Pig Machine Operator
Pipe Out Worker
Plunger
Poler
Pot Feeder
Pot Filler
Pot Operator
Pot Puller
Pot Puncher
Pot Room Tapper
Pot Tender
Puddler
Pull Up Hand
Puller Out
Puncher
Pusher Runner
Pyrometer Operator
Rabbler
Reclamation Furnace Operator
Reduction Furnace Operator
Refiner
Reheat Furnace Operator
Remelt Worker
Remelter
Residue Furnace Operator
Retort Cooler
Retort Fireman
Retort Furnace Operator
Retort Loader
Retort Pre-Cooker
Reverberatory Furnace Operator
Roaster
Rodman
Ross Furnace Operator
Rotary Furnace Operator
Rotary Kiln Operator
Scrap Charger
Scrap Kettle Tender
Scruff Worker
Shove Up
Sinter Machine Operator
Skimmer
Slag Skimmer
Slagger
Smelter
Smelter Charger
Smelter Operator
Steel Melter
Stirrer
Stove Tender
Tin Recovery Worker
Topper
Utility Person
Vessel Operator
Zinc Furnace Charger
Zinc Skimmer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
 
 
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