Heat Treat Technician

Heat Treat Furnace Operator

Heat Treating Equipment Setter

The tasks a Heat Treater is expected to perform include:

Controlling heat-treating furnaces, baths and quenching equipment to alter physical and chemical properties of metal objects, using specifications and methods of controlled heating and cooling

Determining temperature and time of heating cycle, and type and temperature of baths and quenching medium

Working to attain specified hardness, toughness, and ductility of parts, using standard heat-treating charts

Utilizing knowledge of heat-treating methods, equipment, and properties of metals

Adjusting furnace controls and observing pyrometer to bring furnace to prescribed temperature

Loading parts into furnace

Removing parts after prescribed time and quenching parts in water, oil, brine, or other bath, or allowing parts to cool in air

Testing hardness of parts and setting up and operating die-quenching machine to prevent parts from warping

Setting up and operating electronic induction equipment to heat objects

Aligning warped fuel elements, containing radioactive uranium, using hydraulic ram straightener

Ability to examine parts to ensure metal shades and colours conform to specifications, using knowledge of metal heat-treating

Knowledge of determining flame temperatures, current frequencies and heating cycles

Well-versed with repairing, replacing, and maintaining furnace equipment as needed, using hand tools


Knowledge of testing the hardness of parts

Ability to set up and operate die-quenching machine to prevent parts from warping

Ability to set up and operate electronic induction equipment to heat objects

Knowledge of aligning warped fuel elements, containing radioactive uranium, using hydraulic ram straightener

Ability to follow instructions

Physically fit

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Attention to detail

Problem-solving skills

Motor skills

Ability to focus for long hours

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

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

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Chemical & Petrochemical companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include injuries, burns, mental and physical stress, breathing problems, uneasiness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to toxic material or fumes, working in congested and cramped spaces, continuous exposure to chemicals, contaminated work spaces, etc.

Will be updated

Industry Outlook of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Sector

Indian chemical industry generates around 70,000 commercial goods ranging from plastic to toiletries and pesticides to beauty products. It is regarded as the oldest domestic sector in India and in terms of volume, it gives a sense of pride to India by featuring as the 12th largest producers of chemicals. With an approximate cost of US$ 28 billion, it amounts to 12.5% of the entire industrial output of India and 16.2% of its entire exports. Under Chemical industries, some of the other rapidly emerging sectors are petrochemical, agrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Indian chemical industry comprises both small and large-scale units, and presently, there are about 70,000 chemical manufacturing units located in the country. The industrys current turnover is about USD 30.8 billion which is 14 per cent of the total manufacturing output of the country.

Indian chemical industry is expected to register a growth of 8-9% in the next decade and is expected to double its share in global chemical industry to 5-6% by 2021.

Even though this industry is capital and technology intensive, the sector is a major avenue for large scale employment. The downstream plastic processing is the largest employer with over 3.53 million people deriving their livelihood from this sector. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Heat Treater.

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Cities and towns across India