Furnace Assistant

Furnace Attendant

The tasks a Furnace Helper is expected to perform include:

Assisting the furnace operator by performing tasks like sealing and charging the furnace

Observing gauges and manipulating controls on panel

Moving levers to tilt furnace into pouring position

Skimming slag from molten metal, using bar, rabble or ladle

Proficient in sealing the furnace using paddle and shovel 

Adept at charging the furnace with material like scrap, ore, pellets or coke

Well-versed with using electric hoist, to position ladles or buckets near furnace

Proficient in signalling and co-ordinating with overhead crane operator to position ladles or buckets near furnace

Adept at performing furnace cleaning work

Will be updated

Good vision

Manual dexterity

Physical flexibility


Willingness to work in remote location

Hardworking and persistent

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
Factories 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?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and those who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

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

Health risks include exposure to heat, silica, alkaline dust, chemicals, noise, handling melted glass, stress, etc.

Occupational hazards include lung diseases, respiratory diseases, skin diseases, physical injury, heat stress, accident, burns, hearing problem, back pain, neck pain, fatigue, etc.

For daily wage workers INR 150 to INR 350 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Indian Glass Sector

The Indian glass industry is more than 100 years old. Today, the glass industry is estimated to be more than US$ 2.5 billion. The growth of the Indian economy has further boosted the growth of glass industry. Glass being chemically inert and pure is preferred by most consumers. Some of the key properties such as transparency and recyclability makes glass the most suitable medium of packaging of liquor, pharmaceutical/lifesaving drugs and food items. The perception of glass as having a high quality or premium image compared to plastic and metal is also facilitating its growth. The per capita glass usage in India is 1.2 kg compared with 8-9 kg in developed countries and 30-35 kg in the US. Thus, glass manufacturing has a huge potential in India.

Construction, automobile, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals are major consumers of glass in India. Some of the other segments in which consumption of glass is growing in the recent years are glass fibre, ophthalmic lenses, glass lamp ware, bangles, table/kitchenware, mirrors, glass beads, etc. In the recent years, the demand for float glass has increased with booming automotive and construction sectors, whereas the growing consumer goods and pharmaceutical sector has boosted the demand for container glass in India. Indian glass market is estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% over the next three years. The expected glass consumption growth in construction sector is 10-12%, automotive sector is 20%, consumer goods sector is 15-20% and pharmaceuticals sector is 15-18%.

The organized glass industry currently employs 30 lakh people directly and provides indirect employment to 5 lakh people whereas the unorganized sector employs around 5-6 lakh people. With the growing demand of glass in India the employment opportunities for professionals like batch mixer, Furnace Helper, etc. is bound to increase in the Indian glass industry.

Glass manufacturing factories across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Centre for the Development of Glass Industry 

Directorate General of Employment and Training