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FURNACE, KILN, OVEN, DRIER, AND KETTLE OPERATORS AND TENDERS
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Occupation Description:
 
  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.
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Weigh or measure specified amounts of ingredients or materials for processing, using devices such as scales and calipers.
  • Press and adjust controls to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications.
  • Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights to detect deviations from standards.
  • Read and interpret work orders and instructions to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules.
  • Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books.
  • Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems.
  • Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, to ensure conformance to specifications.
 
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..
  • 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..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • 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..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • 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..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $34,647.00 $16.65 $12.06 $12.64 - $19.48
Hartford $34,811.00 $16.74 $12.56 $13.38 - $19.73
      
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