Heat Treaters

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 21,500 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 Apprentices, 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) Most opportunities exist in industrial regions, such as Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
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
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Heat Treat Manager
  • Heat Treater, or Heat Treat Specialist
  • Heat Treater Trainee

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