Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Weigh or measure specified amounts of ingredients or materials for processing, using devices such as scales and calipers. Press and adjust controls in order to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications. Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights in order to detect deviations from standards. Read and interpret work orders and instructions in order to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules. Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books. Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators in order to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems. Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, in order to ensure conformance to specifications. Clean, lubricate, and adjust equipment, using scrapers, solvents, air hoses, oil, and hand tools. Transport materials and products to and from work areas, manually or using carts, handtrucks, or hoists. Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools. Remove products from equipment, manually or using hoists, and prepare them for storage, shipment, or additional processing.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $15.87   Entry $33,015.00
Mean $23.86   Mean $49,621.00
Experience $27.85 Experience $57,923.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-9051.00 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders