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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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $36,910.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 486
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Problem-solving
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Replace worn equipment components
Clean production equipment
Tend boilers or related equipment
Clean industrial, production, or manufacturing tools, equipment, or machinery
Lubricate production equipment
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Clear equipment jams

Handling and Moving Objects

Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production
Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment
Remove products or workpieces from production equipment
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Skim impurities from molten metal
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Collect samples for analysis or testing

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate laundering or dry cleaning equipment
Operate vacuum or air hose
Operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment
Operate processing equipment
Operate ore refining or foundry equipment
Operate power or hand tools in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Operate woodworking equipment or machinery

Getting Information

Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements
Read operating, service, or repair manuals associated with manufacturing or production equipment
Review information from formulas or processing charts

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing related work products to verify conformance with quality and standards
Inspect timing or shut-off devices
Test manufactured products


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Water Treatment
Boiler Operator License
Forklift Operation
Occupational Health and Safety
Chemistry
Refrigeration Technician Certification (e.g., CFC Type 2)



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