Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Top 3 furnace operator Jobs

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    The Furnace Operator is a key part of the manufacturing process. Each day, the Furnace Operator ensures the success of the company by: * Following processes and operating procedures to ensure highest ...

  • Furnace Operator - The Ulven Companies - Hubbard, OR

    A furnace operator controls an electric furnace in preparation to melt metal at the foundry. Your duties include operating the machine daily and performing sample tests to verify that the equipment ...

  • Heat Treat Operator - BBSI Portland - Portland, OR

    Demonstrated ability, as shown by one or more years manufacturing furnace operator experience, to ... function as an expert furnace operator . * Ability to read and follow complex specifications ...

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What They Do

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.


  • 2020 employment: 17,800
  • May 2021 median annual wage: $43,710

Job Outlook

Projected employment change, 2020-30:

  • Number of new jobs: 900
  • Growth rate: 5 percent (Slower than average)

How to Become One

Education and training:

  • Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Work experience in a related occupation: None
  • Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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