Occupation Profile for 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.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$30,320.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
9.4 Average Unemployment Percentage 59.4 Percentage That Completed High School
32,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 33.8 Percentage That Had Some College
29,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Acid Maker
Ager Operator
Annealer
Autoclave Operator
Back Tender
Back Tender, Insulation Board
Backing-in Machine Tender
Baker
Ballman
Base Draw Operator
Batch and Furnace Operator
Black Ash Burner Operator
Black Mill Operator
Boiler
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
Charcoal Burner
Charcoal Burner, Beehive Kiln
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
Control Room Operator, Operating Boilers
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 Operator, Package Yarns
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
Firer, Kiln
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 Ii
Heater Tender
Impregnator and Drier
Incinerator Operator I
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 and Recausticizing Operator
Lime Kiln Operator
Lime Kiln Tender
Lime Sludge Kiln Operator
Limehouse Worker
Log Cooker
Lumber Kiln Operator
Matrix Drier Tender
Mold Burner
Mud Temperer
Multiple Hearth Operator
Nodulizer
Oil Boiler
Operator, Automated Process
Oven Baker
Oven Operator
Oven Press Tender
Oven Tender
Oxide Furnace Tender
Oxygen Furnace Operator
Pad Extractor Tender
Pelletizer
Petroleum Refining Firer
Pigment Furnace Tender
Plant Operator, Channel Process
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

Related Occupations

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Core — Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools.
  • Core — Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools.
  • Core — Transport materials and products to and from work areas, manually or using carts, handtrucks, or hoists.
  • Core — Remove products from equipment, manually or using hoists, and prepare them for storage, shipment, or additional processing.
  • Supplemental — Calculate amounts of materials to be loaded into furnaces, adjusting amounts as necessary for specific conditions.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
 
 
 
 
 

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