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.
Heat treaters often work in hot environments.
enjoy practical and manual activities
able to work as part of a team
enjoy working with mechanical equipment
aptitude for working with computers.