Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend 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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 6013$17.68/hr$13.55/hr$14.87/hr$17.30/hr$20.08/hr$23.59/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing320$18.61/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$21.34/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 10$15.97/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$17.30/hr11.1%
Northwest Balance of State 60$17.30/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 210$19.37/hr-8.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 230$19.42/hrN/A
Minnesota 340$18.53/hr-5.3%




  • Read production schedules and work orders to determine processing sequences, furnace temperatures, and heat cycle requirements for objects to be heat-treated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Record times that parts are removed from furnaces to document that objects have attained specified temperatures for specified times.
  • Remove parts from furnaces after specified times, and air dry or cool parts in water, oil brine, or other baths.
  • Move controls to light gas burners and to adjust gas and water flow and flame temperature.
  • Start conveyors and open furnace doors to load stock, or signal crane operators to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Start conveyors and open furnace doors to load stock, or signal crane operators to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.