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.

Quick Facts
Duties Operate and maintain heat-treating equipment, such as furnaces, flame-hardening machines, and induction machines; load and remove objects from equipment
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most opportunities exist in industrial regions, such as Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training or apprenticeship
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Heat Treat Manager
  • Heat Treater, or Heat Treat Specialist
  • Heat Treater Trainee

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