Heat Treating Equipment Setters Job Description

The Heat Treating Equipment Setter sets up, operates, or tends heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

Objectives:

The Heat Treating Equipment Setters read production schedules and work orders to determine processing sequences, furnace temperatures, and heat cycle requirements for objects to be heat-treated.

The Heat Treating Equipment Setters record times that parts are removed from furnaces to document that objects have attained specified temperatures for specified times. The Heat Treating Equipment Setters set up and operate or tend machines, such as furnaces, baths, flame-hardening machines, and electronic induction machines, that harden, anneal, and heat-treat metal.

The Heat Treating Equipment Setter must determine types and temperatures of baths and quenching media needed to attain specified part hardness, toughness, and ductility, using heat-treating charts and knowledge of methods, equipment, and metals. The Heat Treating Equipment Setter removes parts from furnaces after specified times, and air dry or cool parts in water, oil brine, or other baths.

The Heat Treating Equipment Setter positions stock in furnaces, using tongs, chain hoists, or pry bars. The Heat Treating Equipment Setter instructs new workers in machine operations to make sure that the equipment is being run right. The Heating Treating Equipment Setter knows how to adjust controls to maintain temperatures and heating times, using thermal instruments and charts, dials and gauges of furnaces, and color of stock in furnaces to make setting determinations.

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter determines flame temperatures, current frequencies, heating cycles, and induction heating coils needed, based on degree of hardness required and properties of stock to be treated. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter loads parts into containers and places containers on conveyors to be inserted into furnaces, or insert parts into furnaces.

Activities:

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter is responsible for getting information and they are able to do that by observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter is in charge of controlling machines and processes in their job function. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter uses either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes.

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter is responsible for handling and moving objects and they are able to do this by using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter knows that part of their job function is to evaluate information to determine compliance with standards. They are able to do this by using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. It is vital that the Heating Treatment Equipment Setter communicates with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates. They are responsible for providing information pertaining to the job function to all supervisors, co-workers and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter needs to be able to perform general physical activities related to their job function. Most of these job functions require the use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, by climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter needs to document information by entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter must monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect problems. They need to be able to identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstance or events. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter job function requires them to run, maneuver, navigate, or drive vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Skills:

The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter needs the skill to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter needs the skill to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. The Heating Treatment Equipment Setter must understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. It is very important to be able to manage time that of others in their crew as well as their own time.

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