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.
Personal requirements for a Heat Treater
- Enjoy practical and manual activities
- Able to work as part of a team
- Enjoy working with mechanical equipment
- Aptitude for working with computers.
Duties & Tasks of a Heat Treater
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 for a Heat Treater
Heat treaters often work in hot environments.