CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Weigh or measure specified amounts of ingredients or materials for processing, using devices such as scales and calipers.
 
Press and adjust controls in order to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications.
 
Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights in order to detect deviations from standards.
 
Read and interpret work orders and instructions in order to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules.
 
Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books.
 
Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators in order to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems.
 
Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, in order to ensure conformance to specifications.
 
Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools.
 
Transport materials and products to and from work areas, manually or using carts, handtrucks, or hoists.
 
Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools.
 
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.
 
Feed fuel, such as coal and coke, into fireboxes or onto conveyors, and remove ashes from furnaces, using shovels and buckets.
 
Melt or refine metal before casting, calculating required temperatures; and observe metal color and adjust controls as necessary in order to maintain required temperatures.
 
Replace worn or defective equipment parts, using hand tools.
 
Load equipment receptacles or conveyors with material to be processed, by hand or using hoists.
 
Sprinkle chemicals on the surface of molten metal in order to bring impurities to surface and remove impurities, using strainers.
 
Direct crane operators and crew members to load vessels with materials to be processed.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle 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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle 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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry 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.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acid Maker
Ager Operator
Annealer
Autoclave Operator
Automated Process Operator
Back Tender
Backing-in Machine Tender
Baker
Ballman
Base Draw Operator
Batch and Furnace Operator
Beehive Kiln Charcoal Burner
Black Ash Burner Operator
Black Mill Operator
Boiler
Boiler Control Room Operator
Boiler Operator
Bone Char Kiln Tender
Bone Drier Operator
Brick Baker
Brick Burner
Briquetting Machine Operator
Burner
Burner Tender
Burning Plant Operator
Calcine Furnace Tender
Calciner Operator
Carbon Furnace Operator
Centrifugal Drier Operator
Channel Process Plant Operator
Charcoal Burner
Charcoal Kiln Burner
Chemical Operator
Clay Burner
Clay Roaster
Cloth Drier
Clothespin Drier Operator
Coal Drier Operator
Coke Burner
Coke Production Heater
Conditioner Tumbler Operator
Continuous Linter-Drier Operator
Control Operator
Cook
Cooker Tender
Core Oven Tender
Cupola Man
Cupola Operator, Insulation
Cupola Worker
Curing Oven Attendant
Curing Oven Tender
Debubblizer
Drier
Drier Feeder
Drier Operator
Drier Tender
Drum Drier Operator
Dry Box Operator
Dry Kiln Operator
Dry Mill Operator
Dry-Cans Operator
Dry-House Attendant
Drying Machine Tender
Drying Room Attendant
Drying Tumbler Operator
Drying Tunnel Operator
Drying Unit Felting Machine Operator
Enamel Burner
Evaporator Operator
Fireman
Firepot Operator and Tender
Firer
Firer Helper
Flame Degreaser
Flash Drier Operator
Flat Drier
Flow Worker
Foam Rubber Curer
Furnace Operator
Furnace Operator and Tender
Glass Furnace Tender
Glazing Machine Operator
Glost Kiln Operator
Glue Cook
Hair Boiler Operator
Heater
Heater Tender
Impregnator and Drier
Incinerator Operator I
Induction Furnace Operator
Insulation Board Back Tender
Kettle Operator
Kettle Tender
Kettle Worker
Kiln Burner
Kiln Charger
Kiln Fireman
Kiln Firer
Kiln Operator
Kiln Stoker
Kiln Tender
Label Drier
Lead Nitrate Processor
Lehr Attendant
Lehr Loader
Lehr Operator
Lehr Tender
Lens Hardener
Lime Burner
Lime Kiln Operator
Lime Kiln Tender
Lime Kiln and Recausticizing Operator
Lime Sludge Kiln Operator
Limehouse Worker
Log Cooker
Lumber Kiln Operator
Matrix Drier Tender
Mold Burner
Mud Temperer
Multiple Hearth Operator
Nodulizer
Oil Boiler
Oven Baker
Oven Operator
Oven Press Tender
Oven Tender
Oxide Furnace Tender
Oxygen Furnace Operator
Package Yarns Drying Machine Operator
Pad Extractor Tender
Pelletizer
Petroleum Refining Firer
Pigment Furnace Tender
Plastics Seasoner Operator
Polymerization Oven Operator
Pot Fireman
Pot Firer
Pot Tender
Pressure Tank Operator
Primer Expeditor and Drier
Pulp Cooker
Pulp Drier Firer
Rabble Furnace Tender
Raw Stock Drier Tender
Red-Lead Burner
Reduction Furnace Operator
Reel Blade Bender Furnace Tender
Regenerator Operator
Rivet Heater
Rotary Drier Operator
Rotary Furnace Tender
Rotary Kiln Operator
Rubber Curer
Rubber Tire Curer
Rubber Vulcanizing Machine Operator
Rug Dry Room Attendant
Rug Drying Machine Operator
Salt Boiler
Sand Drier
Shrink Pit Operator
Skein Yarn Drier
Soap Boiler
Soap Drier Operator
Soap Drier Tender
Soap Maker
Spray Drier Operator
Standpipe Tender
Starch Cooker
Steam Box Operator
Steam Tank Operator
Sterilizer
Sterilizer Machine Operator
Still Operator
Stoker
Stone Carriage Operator
Teaser
Temperer
Tenter Frame Operator
Thaw Shed Heater Tender
Tile Burner
Tower Operator
Tray Drier
Tray Drier Operator
Treating Engineer
Treating Plant Operator
Tube Lancer
Tumbler Operator
Tumbler Tender
Tunnel Kiln Firer
Tunnel Kiln Operator
Unit Operator
Utility Operator
Vacuum Drier Operator
Vacuum Drier Tender
Varnish Maker
Varnish Melter
Veneer Drier
Veneer Redrier
Vulcanizer
Vulcanizing Machine Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Furnace, Kiln, Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders
 
 
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