Furnace Operator Second Hand Open Hearth

Furnace Keeper

Minimum Any Diploma

Preferably minimum 1-2 years of experience in relevant field

The tasks a Furnace Operator, Second Hand, Open Hearth (Steel Manufacturing) is expected to perform include:

Assisting furnace operator first hand in tapping molten steel from furnace and adding chemicals, oxides, etc.

Keeping oxide and fluxes ready for charging into furnace

Maintaining spout for flow of molten steel in proper condition

Leading a team of helpers and khalasis on receipt of instructions from furnace operator first hand to open tapping hole of furnace by compressed air gun, oxygen cylinder with pipes or other devices

Ensuring that molten metal flows smoothly into ladle

Adding various chemicals, oxides and fluxes in ladle to obtain correct specification of steel

Closing tapping hole by dolomite, coke mixtures, etc.

Repairing, maintaining and dressing runner with fire clay bricks, loan, etc. during tapping intervals

Knowledge of tools and machines, raw materials and their processing

Knowledge of amount of chemicals, oxides and fluxes required to obtain correct specification of steel

Skilled in handling and maintaining spout

Skilled in channelling the flow of molten steel

Basic knowledge of safety and health regulations followed for working in a furnace

Not applicable




Physically fit

Team player

It is not a desk job

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available
Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health risks include exposure to fumes from the hazardous chemicals, extreme temperature, etc.

For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 12,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trends of Iron & Steel Industry in India

According to IBEF, the steel industry reflects the overall economic growth of an economy in the long term as demand for steel is derived from other sectors like automobiles, consumer durables and infrastructure. Steel production capacity of the country expanded from about 75 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in 2009-10 to about 101.02 million tonnes (MT) in 2013-14, when output was 81.7 MT. The steel sector in India contributes nearly 2% of the country?s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs over 6,00,000 people. The per capita consumption of total finished steel in the country has risen from 51 kg in 2009-10 to about 60 kg in 2013-14.

The Government of India is aiming to scale up steel production in the country to 300 MT by 2025 from 81 MT in 2013-14. India is expected to become the world's second largest producer of crude steel in 2015-16, moving up from the fourth position, as its capacity is projected to increase from 100 MT to about 112.5 MT in 2016. Also, India has set an output target of 300 MT of steel by 2025. A plethora of job opportunities are available in public and private sectors. Therefore, a career as a Furnace Operator, Second Hand, Open Hearth (Steel Manufacturing) has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Iron and steel factories

Cities and towns across India