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

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Batch Heat Treat Operator, Batch Operator, Burner, Coating Line Worker, Furnace Operator, Hardener, Heat Treat Furnace Operator, Heat Treat Operator, Heat Treat Technician, Heat Treater, Scarf and Anneal Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 11 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -11.5%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,700

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.7%)
  • Associate's degree (6.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (48.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (19.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Determine metal or plastic production methods.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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