Furnace Operator

Refining Furnace Operator

Iron Furnace Operator

The tasks a Furnace Operator (Smelting & Refining) is expected to perform include:

Operating the furnace to remove moisture, arsenic, or sulphur from ore

Charging the top hearth of roaster with ore and regulating rate of charge by means of chute door

Determining the speed of roaster that is being charged by weighing sample of charge ore obtained over measured intervals of time

Starting rabbles (automatic rakes) that scrape hearth beds continually and move ore from one hearth to next lower one

Regulating the draft and temperature of roaster by adjusting dampers and gas pressure

Replacing the rabble arms by detaching arm from shaft with bar and removing it with hoist

Replacing the defective rabble teeth; directing workers in removing incrustations from hearth beds

Removing samples of roasted ore for laboratory analysis

Determining oxide content of dried ore by titrating specified amount of flakes and calculating percentage

Removing material from furnace, using crane, or signalling Overhead Crane Operator to transfer it to next station; recording time and production data

Knowledge of operating furnace and other equipment

Competent in handling machinery and tools

Well-versed in operation procedures and protocol

Well-versed in safety guidelines

Ability to determine oxide content of dried ore

Proficient in replacing defective parts and clean equipment, thermal instruments and charts

Ability to clean arms and rabbles with scrapers and iron bars

Knowledge of determining oxide content of dried ore by titrating specified amount of flakes and calculating percentage

Ability to replace defective parts and clean equipment, thermal instruments and charts

Physically fit

Eye for detail

Technical troubleshooting abilities

Communication skills

Attention to detail

Problem solving skills

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 mildly 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, sulphur, 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 ore refineries across India

Iron ore plants across India