live chat
Backpack

Welcome,
New User

OhioMeansJobs

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

  PRINT Print

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

    Work Activities
    • Read production schedules and work orders to determine processing sequences, furnace temperatures, and heat cycle requirements for objects to be heat-treated.
    • Determine flame temperatures, current frequencies, heating cycles, and induction heating coils needed, based on degree of hardness required and properties of stock to be treated.
    • Record times that parts are removed from furnaces to document that objects have attained specified temperatures for specified times.
    • Determine types and temperatures of baths and quenching media needed to attain specified part hardness, toughness, and ductility, using heat-treating charts and knowledge of methods, equipment, and metals.
    • Set up and operate die-quenching machines to prevent parts from warping.
    • Examine parts to ensure metal shades and colors conform to specifications, using knowledge of metal heat-treating.
    • Adjust controls to maintain temperatures and heating times, using thermal instruments and charts, dials and gauges of furnaces, and color of stock in furnaces to make setting determinations.
    • Set and adjust speeds of reels and conveyors for prescribed time cycles to pass parts through continuous furnaces.
    • Start conveyors and open furnace doors to load stock, or signal crane operators to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.
    • Set up and operate or tend machines, such as furnaces, baths, flame-hardening machines, and electronic induction machines, that harden, anneal, and heat-treat metal.
    • Load parts into containers and place containers on conveyors to be inserted into furnaces, or insert parts into furnaces.
    • Remove parts from furnaces after specified times, and air dry or cool parts in water, oil brine, or other baths.
    • Test parts for hardness, using hardness testing equipment, or by examining and feeling samples.
    • Move controls to light gas burners and to adjust gas and water flow and flame temperature.
    • Place completed workpieces on conveyors, using cold rods, tongs, or chain hoists, or signal crane operators to transport them to subsequent stations.
    • Signal forklift operators to deposit or extract containers of parts into and from furnaces and quenching rinse tanks.
    • Reduce heat when processing is complete to allow parts to cool in furnaces or machinery.
    • Mount workpieces in fixtures, on arbors, or between centers of machines.
    • Mount fixtures and industrial coils on machines, using hand tools.
    • Heat billets, bars, plates, rods, and other stock to specified temperatures preparatory to forging, rolling, or processing, using oil, gas, or electrical furnaces.
    • Position stock in furnaces, using tongs, chain hoists, or pry bars.
    • Instruct new workers in machine operation.
    • Repair, replace, and maintain furnace equipment as needed, using hand tools.
    • Clean oxides and scales from parts or fittings, using steam sprays or chemical and water baths.
    • Stamp heat-treatment identification marks on parts, using hammers and punches.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • 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.

    Career Video
    Video not available
    Additional videos and more information available on CareerOneStop
    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.30/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,680
    • Yearly Projected Openings 140
    Typical Education
    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
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    Tools
    • Quench machine
    • Protective gloves
    • Pallet trucks
    • Manlift or personnel lift
    • Heat treating age hardening furnace
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.