Heat Treaters

Metal Tube Just Passed Through Forge and Heat Treatment

Heat treaters subject metals to heat, cold, and chemicals to change their properties to make them harder, stronger, less brittle, and more flexible. There are approximately 20,570 heat-treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders employed in the metal and plastics industries.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Annealers, Case-Hardeners, Flame-Annealing-Machine Setters, Hardness Inspectors, Heat Treater Bluers, Heat Treaters II, Heat Treater Inspectors, Heat Treater Specialists, Production Hardeners, Rivet Heaters, Temperers
Duties Operate and maintain heat-treating equipment, such as furnaces, flame-hardening machines, and induction machines; load and remove objects from equipment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Metal manufacturing is concentrated in the Great Lakes states, and in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training or apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Heat Treating Manager or Inspector
  • Heat Treater or Heat Treating Specialist
  • Heat Treater Trainee or Apprentice

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