Metal Making and Treating Process Operatives
Metal making and treating process operatives operate furnaces, ovens and other heating vessels, drawing, rolling, extruding, galvanising, forging and other metal processing equipment to smelt, shape and treat metal and metal products.
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New workers start around £22975. Normal pay is £37858 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £58249.
Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
- Operates piercing, extruding, pressing and other metal processing equipment to shape and treat metal or metal articles.
- Heats metal or metal articles in furnace, allows to cool for a specified time or quenches in brine, oil or water to harden, reduces brittleness and restores ductility.
- Operates equipment to remove dirt, scale and other surface impurities by immersion in chemical solution.
- Sets rolling speed, tension and space between rolls, guides the metal to and from rollers, and monitors the rolling process to detect irregularities, and ensure that the gauge and finish match required specifications.
- Withdraws samples of molten metal for analysis, taps slag from surface of molten metal and directs flow of molten metal into casts.
- Charges furnace, operates controls to regulate furnace temperature, and adds oxidising, alloying and fluxing agents as required.
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