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Furnace Operator

Job Title: Furnace Operator                     

Department: Deck Department

Reports to: Deck Supervisor

Hours: 3rd shift full time, Sunday 6:00 pm to 5:00 am, Monday through Friday 7:00 pm to 5:00 am; overtime required

Compensation: $15.75 per hour (+$2.50 per hour shift premium = $18.25 per hour)


Summary of responsibilities

Controls electric induction furnace to melt metal prior to casting by performing the following duties.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Moves controls to regulate flow of electricity to heat furnace to specified temperature.
  • Monitors furnace cooling water and cooling systems. 
  • Observes color of metal and instruments such as voltmeter, ammeter, wattmeter, and pyrometer, and adjusts controls to maintain specified temperature.  Monitors instruments and makes judgments and takes appropriate actions based upon these readings and upon information supplied by laboratory personnel regarding spectrographic analysis.
  • Adds or causes additives such as carbon or other inoculants to be added to molten metal bath in proper proportions.
  • Sprinkles fluxing agent over surface of molten metal to bring impurities to surface, forming layer of slag.  Skims off slag.
  • Operates controls causing furnace to tilt thereby pouring molten metal from furnace into pouring ladles.
  • Monitors condition of and maintains refractory lining in furnaces; removes and replaces refractory linings and other lining materials on a periodic basis.
  • Practices safe work habits, maintains workplace in good order, and wears all issued personal protective equipment at all times in the workplace.



This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees of organization.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions and percentage.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand.  The employee frequently is required to walk, talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and extreme heat.   The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.        



Competence, awareness, and training for probationary employees will be assessed by the “New Employee Checklist,” and the evaluations conducted and 30, 60, and 90 days, along with other training as needed.  Competence, awareness, and training for regular employees will be assessed when annual evaluations are conducted, along with other measurements in accordance with the area the employee is assigned to.


Baker Manufacturing Company, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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