Furnace operators maintain and operate various furnaces (powered by oil, gas, coal, electricity, etc.) in a variety of industries, especially manufacturing.
An associate's degree in a relevant field or trade school experience may be required for this position, though employers may also consider candidates who have a high school diploma and relevant work experience. Furnace operators must be able to troubleshoot and to repair minor problems related to their furnaces, and should also have in-depth understanding of various instrumentation and controls related to the furnaces that are being used within the facility. They must maintain control systems and process instruments, and should also maintain logs to note furnace problems and report them to a supervisor.
Furnace operators must have basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs, and some employers may require background checks and drug tests. Furnace operators must be flexible, as they often work on rotating shifts, and they may also be on-call to work nights and weekends. They must wear special protective gear and strictly follow safety procedures and guidelines established by their company, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the ability to work well in a team environment is also necessary. Furnace operators may need to attend training classes and relevant workshops regularly, and some may also train and coach new furnace operators.
Furnace Operator Tasks
Load and unload supplies, products, and fuel.
Alert supervisors to safety, mechanical and other problems.
Quality control products leaving the furnace and materials entering the furnace.
Ensure proper functioning and maintenance of the furnace.