Heat Treater

Summary

Heat treaters control furnaces and cooling equipment to change the physical properties of metals and metal objects, making them hard, tough, resilient or suitable for machining.

Duties & Tasks

Heat treaters may perform the following tasks:

  • load items to be treated into the furnace and bring the metal to a specified temperature
  • use computer-controlled furnaces
  • use new technologies, such as advanced vacuum furnaces
  • check all gauges and controls during treatment to make sure they are working correctly
  • harden metal by heating it to the required temperatures (this varies with different metals) and dipping it in oil, gas, water, brine or other solutions
  • surface-harden metal components to improve their resistance to wear and abrasion
  • use special instruments to test the hardness and mechanical properties of treated metals.

Working Conditions

Heat treaters often work in hot environments.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy working with mechanical equipment
  • aptitude for working with computers.

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