Heat treatment furnace operator


Heat treatment furnace operators monitor the process of heat treatment of castings. They control the treatment furnaces and direct all activities of furnace operation, including the interpretation of computer data, temperature measurement and adjustment, and loading vessels. They control the chemicothermal treatment of castings in order to reach the standards.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to heat treatment furnace operator:

heat treat furnace operative
billet heating operator
heat regulator operator
billet heating technician
heat treating bluer apprentice
billet heater
casting furnace technician
heat treating machine operator
heat treating furnace tender
batch heat operative
heat regulator operative
billet heater operator
heat treating technician
heat treat operative
heat treating bluer
heat treating furnace operator
mining oven technician
heat treating setter
batch heat treat operator
heat treat furnace operator
heat treat apprentice

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a heat treatment furnace operator. A high school diploma is preferred by most employers.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Heat treatment furnace operator is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Heat treatment furnace operator career path

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of heat treatment furnace operator.

  • Attention to detail: Performs tasks conscientiously and effectively, taking into account all their aspects, no matter how detailed they are.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of heat treatment furnace operator.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation: Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.
  • Troubleshoot: Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.
  • Report well results: Document and share well results in a transparent way; communicate results to business partners, auditors, collaborating teams and internal management.
  • Monitor manufacturing quality standards: Monitor quality standards in manufacturing and finishing process.
  • Extract materials from furnace: Remove materials from the furnace using a crane, a conveyor, by tilting the furnace, or using other methods.
  • Operate heat treatment furnace: Operate or tend furnaces such as gas, oil, electric to heat treat castings in order to reach the correct mechanical properties. Adjust furnace controls to heat parts the prescribed time to the right temperature.
  • Ensure health and safety in manufacturing: Ensure health and safety of personnel during manufacturing process.
  • Load materials into furnace: Load materials in furnace with correct positioning, fastening and levelling when needed.
  • Maintain system logs: Maintain system logs or manuals to document equipment testing and operation.
  • Supervise worker safety: Ensure safety of site personnel; supervise correct use of protective equipment and clothing; understand and implement safety procedures.
  • Prepare technical reports: Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.
  • Report the results of treatment: Analyse and process information and data, and subsequently formulate the results in a written report.
  • Record furnace operations: Log furnace time and production data.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of heat treatment furnace operator. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Chemical processes: The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, separation, emulgation and dispergation processing.
  • Types of metal manufacturing processes: Metal processes linked to the different types of metal, such as casting processes, heat treatment processes, repair processes and other metal manufacturing processes.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of heat treatment furnace operator. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Gather data: Extract exportable data from multiple sources.
  • Resolve equipment malfunctions: Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.
  • Monitor gauge: Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.
  • Record production data for quality control: Keep records of the machine’s faults, interventions and irregularities for quality control.
  • Process incident reports for prevention: Verify incident information, complete reporting requirements and report to management and relevant site personnel, in order to enable follow-up and future prevention.
  • Monitor heavy machinery: Monitor the performance of heavy-duty equipment. Record troubleshooting, ensure that all operations comply with safety and health requirements.
  • Follow written instructions: Follow written directions in order to perform a task or carry out a step-by-step procedure.
  • Provide advice to technicians: Offer help and advice to service technicians in case of machine malfunctions and other repair tasks.
  • Perform minor repairs to equipment: Conduct routine maintenance on equipment. Recognise and identify minor defects in equipment and make repairs if appropriate.
  • Provide manufacturing documentation: Provide clients with the appropriate technical documents such as manuals, technical reports, metallurgical investigations, etc.
  • Create documented procedures: Create and document procedures and metadata definitions.

ISCO group and title

7223 – Metal working machine tool setters and operators

  1. Heat treatment furnace operator – ESCO
Last updated on September 22, 2022

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