• Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 38,050
    $21,950 range bar $58,360
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders operate or tend heating equipment for activities such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

What do they typically do

  • Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books
  • Use devices like scales and calipers to weigh or measure specific amounts of ingredients or materials for processing
  • Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools
  • Read and interpret work orders and instructions to determine work assignments, process requirements, and production schedules
  • Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing to make sure they meet requirements
  • Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights to find deviations from standards
  • Meet with supervisors or other equipment operators to report equipment malfunctions or resolve production problems
  • Press and adjust controls to start, set, and control equipment according to specifications

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.2%
Job Opening 178

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
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