32-Metal production process controllers

Job Title: 

Metal production process controllers

Job Description: 

Operate, monitor, adjust and maintain multi-function process control machinery and equipment.


Metal production process controllers operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of metal converting and refining furnaces, metal-rolling mills, metal heat-treating, or metal-extrusion plant. They may work in furnaces fired by gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen which are used to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel. They may work in metal finishing workplaces that roll steel to form bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate, flatten, temper, or reduce the gauge of material/product.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • coordinating and monitoring the operation of a particular aspect of metal processing production through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems, usually from a central control room
  • operating multi-function central process control machinery to grind, separate, filter, melt, roast, treat, refine or otherwise process metals
  • observing computer printouts, video monitors and gauges to verify specified processing conditions and to make necessary adjustments
  • coordinating and supervising production crew such as machine and process operators, assistants and helpers
  • starting up and shutting down the production system in cases of emergency or as required by schedule
  • providing and organizing training for members of production crew
  • maintaining shift log of production and other data and preparing production and other reports

Public Safety - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, regulations, standards and strategies to promote effective plant operations for the protection of people, commerce and property

  • Metal production process operators use computers to report unusual incidents, malfunctioning equipment, or maintenance performed during their shifts
  • Coordination of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology; This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective production metal and metal related products
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Metal Production Process Fundamentals - Knowledge of metal composition, composites and materials concerned with conceptualizing, designing and producing metal and metal related including production and process systems and equipment
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; Including troubleshooting and determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly measure and estimate exact positions
  • English (Technical) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the engineering related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant engineering applications and programs
  • Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with engineers, contractors, architects and scientists
  • Work Context: 

    Work in hot, dusty and noisy conditions. May work regular hours but on a rotating shift-work basis as these workplaces operate 24 hours seven days a week. New and developing occupational, health, safety and environmental laws are improving conditions in the workplace and include the introduction of automated remote control systems, dust and fume extracting machines, air-conditioning and ventilating systems. Their work can involve significant physical exertion and heat stress. They may also be required to stand for long periods.


    Secondary School Certificate or Certificate in engineering, metal process production or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Emirates Steel, Emaal, Ducab, Dubal

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Blast furnace operator - Central control caster - Rolling mill control operator
    Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
    Ladle pourer - Steel roller - Metal finishing machine operator - Automatic furnace operator - Control room operator - Direct casting operator

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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi