Furnace Worker

Furnace Handler

The tasks a

Furnace Operator (Nonferrous Metal) is expected to perform include:

Operating the furnace to heat aluminium slabs and fabricated forms to specified temperature for rolling or processing

Setting the furnace controls to regulate temperatures and heating time

Starting the conveyors and opening the furnace doors to admit slabs, plate, sheet, and coil

Signalling Overhead Crane Operator to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them

Observing pyrometer and adjusting rheostat controls to maintain temperature between specified limits

Measuring temperature of the product to determine the need for adjusting furnace temperature or timing cycle, using thermal instruments and charts

Removing material from furnace, using crane, or signalling Overhead Crane Operator to transfer it to next station

Recording the time and production data

Competent in operating a metal furnace

Knowledgeable about switches and controls

Well-versed with operation procedures and protocol

Knowledge about safety guidelines and adhering to them

Will be updated

Physically fit

Decision making skills

Problem solving abilities

Good communication skills

Attention to detail

It requires one to be on their feet

Mayhandle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Iron and steel companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards may include injuries, scalding, serious burns and wounds, hot pieces of metal from the furnace, fire and burn hazards, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to convertor machine and equipment, exposure to hot metal and electric sparks,extreme heat, toxic gases,loud noise, etc.

For candidates with 2 to 4 years of experience INR 5,000 to INR 8,000 per month

For candidates with over 5 years of experience or more INR 8,000 to INR 10,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Industry Outlook of Iron and Steel Sector

India is the fourth largest producer of crude steel and the largest producer of soft iron in the world. Presently, the Indian steel industry employs around 500,000 people while the per capita consumption in 2013 stood at around 57.8 kilograms. However, these figures are expected to rise with increased industrialisation throughout the country.

Global and local production trends indicate a positive outlook for the sector in the long run. India is the fourth largest crude steel producer in the world with an estimated production of 76.7 million tonnes. Steel production figure stood at 14 million tonnes in 1991 and doubled in the 10 next years.

The industry has been growing at a 5 year CAGR of 8.4% and has accounted for 5% of world?s total production. It is expected to reach 275 million tonnes by 2020, making it the second largest producer in the world. Though employment had been decreasing post liberalization, this trend has started changing with an increase in the number of producing units.

Iron and steel companiesin India

Iron and steel plants in India