Furnace Operator

Controls electric vacuum furnaces to perform various heat treating requirements.

  • Reads shop traveler to determine production sequences to be performed.
  • Read and interprets furnace schedules, furnace programs, and brazing heat treat cycles.
  • Locates fixtures or components of universal racking system so that material to be processed is secured properly inside furnace.
  • Loads parts in furnace racks as required to achieve proper exposure to heating elements. Programs controllers, Sets timers, temperature settings and attaches thermocouples to areas indicated on set-up sheets. Replaces graphing paper in recorder if necessary. Makes other notations on traveler or furnace documentation to ensure traceability. Sets argon flow rates and opens valves.
  • Activates furnace cycle and monitors function of entire process, making adjustments to remain within specifications. Records data as necessary to indicate end time, dwell at temp, and cool-down times.
  • Completes all necessary paperwork correctly. Notifies supervisor or others of process problems. Removes parts from furnace after a suitable cool-down period.
  • May work with Engineering to develop fixtures, holding methods, or heat-treating processes.
  • Performs pressure testing, hardness checking and other inspections as required under the Operator Acceptance Program.  Performs preventative maintenance on furnace equipment. Replaces electrodes, thermocouples, gages, or other equipment used to ensure that the process is traceable.
  • Follows emergency shut-down procedures to secure equipment in safe state if problems arise.
  • Follows all required safety procedures to lock-out and protect against confined space problems.
  • One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret document such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure, using whole number, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

Additional Requirements

  • Adhere to rules and regulations of a FAA Safety Sensitive Position.
  • Furnace control/monitoring software will require a general windows-based PC knowledge to navigate in the software.
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Position: Furnace Operator

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Employment Type
Full Time
Job Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Working Hours
WE Shift
Date posted
January 3, 2019
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