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Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Job Information

Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel.


  • Manufacturing industries employ over 90 percent of workers.
  • A few weeks of on-the-job training is sufficient for most workers to learn basic machine tending operations, but a year or more is required to become a highly skilled operator or setter.
  • Employment is projected to decline rapidly.
  • Those who can operate multiple machines will have the best opportunities for advancement and for gaining jobs with more long-term potential.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $38,680/yr ($19.34/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma