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51-9051.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Calciner Operator, Chemical Operator, Dry Kiln Operator, Evaporator Operator, Fireman, Furnace Operator, Kiln Fireman, Kiln Operator, Lime Kiln and Recausticizing Operator, Oven Operator

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Weigh or measure specified amounts of ingredients or materials for processing, using devices such as scales and calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press and adjust controls to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights to detect deviations from standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and interpret work orders and instructions to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, to ensure conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport materials and products to and from work areas, manually or using carts, handtrucks, or hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove products from equipment, manually or using hoists, and prepare them for storage, shipment, or additional processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate amounts of materials to be loaded into furnaces, adjusting amounts as necessary for specific conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Feed fuel, such as coal and coke, into fireboxes or onto conveyors, and remove ashes from furnaces, using shovels and buckets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt or refine metal before casting, calculating required temperatures, and observe metal color, adjusting controls as necessary to maintain required temperatures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace worn or defective equipment parts, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load equipment receptacles or conveyors with material to be processed, by hand or using hoists. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air dryers — Industrial air dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances — Self-calculating balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Basket strainer — Basket strainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Conveyor belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Digital bench scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carts — Moving carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Core drying ovens — Hot air core drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric furnace — Industrial production electric furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances — Electronic top-loading balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air heating system — Continuous baking furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Electric hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hygrometers — Digital hygrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Kilns for firing ceramics — Glass kilns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Dielectric power loss moisture meters; Electric moisture meters; Resistance moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Natural gas powered boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint systems ovens — Curing ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Portable saws; Radial arm saws; Swing saws; Table saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers — Optical pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Material shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders — Skid steers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers — High-heat digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Tracked overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triple beam balances See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Machine operations software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct operational or production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Skim impurities from molten metal. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clear equipment jams. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 68% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 49% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 46% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 46% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 53% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 28% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 25% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 47% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 28% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
97   High school diploma or equivalent Help
3   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.78 hourly, $34,900 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 21,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,800
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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