8121-Metal processing plant operators

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Metal processing plant operators
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Job Description: 
Metal processing plant operators, operate, monitor, adjust and maintain, single process machinery and equipment to process and convert mineral ores and refine, harden, roll and extrude metals.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) setting up, preparing and adjusting mineral ore and metal processing machinery to carry out one step in the overall mineral ore or metal processing operation
  • (b) operating single-function machinery to grind, separate, filter, mix, treat, cast, roll, refine or otherwise process metals and mineral ores
  • (c) observing gauges, meters, computer printouts, video monitors and products to ensure correct operation of machine and verify specified processing conditions
  • (d) adjusting equipment, valves, pumps, controls and process equipment
  • (e) controlling the preparation, measuring and feeding of raw materials and processing agents into plant
  • (f) controlling process start-up and shut-down, troubleshooting and monitoring outside process equipment
  • (g) verifying equipment for malfunctions, carrying out routine operating tests and arranging for maintenance
  • (h) analyzing sample products, performing tests, recording data and writing production logs.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Ladle pourer
- Steel roller
- Metal heat treating operator
- Metal extrusion plant operator


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Blast furnace operator - 3135
- Central control caster - 3135
- Rolling mill control operator ? 3135
- Metal coating machine operator - 8122

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