Furnace Operator First Hand

Open Hearth, Steel Manufacture

The tasks a Furnace Operator, Open Hearth is expected to perform include:

Operating the open hearth furnace for making steel from blown metal (iron)

Charging the furnace with scrap, blown and molten metal received from convertor and blast furnace, chemicals etc., according to type of steel required

Controlling the fuel intake and flow of air in furnace to suit furnace condition

Taking care not to damage refractory work of furnace

Getting furnace ready for tapping and directing Furnace Operator Second Hand to open tapping hole of furnace closed for ascertaining suitability of further operation

Spraying dolomite on furnace sides for maintenance of the furnace

Competent in handling machinery and tools

Well-versed with operation procedures and protocol

Well-versed with raw materials and their processing

Proficient in understanding shift production, gauge readings, and equipment failures

Knowledge of spraying furnace sides with dolomite for maintaining proper furnace condition

Attention to detail

Physically fit

Interpersonal and communication skills

Problem solving skills

Good hand-eye co-ordination

It needs one to be on their toes

Needs to handle 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, burns, gashes and wounds due to metal fumes generated from heating the scrap, hot pieces of metal jumping from the furnace, creating fire and burn hazards, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to toxic metal fumes, extreme heat, toxic gases from the combustion from furnace, 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 companies across India

Iron and steel plants across India