Batch and Furnace Operator

Control equipment that weigh, mix, and melt ingredients to make glass.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Batch and Furnace Operators do?

Controls automatic equipment to weigh, mix, and melt ingredients to make glass: Adjusts panel controls to transfer specified amounts of ingredients, such as silica sand, soda ash, limestone flurospar, feldspar, borax, clay, and cullet from storage bins to automatic weigh hopper and batch mixer [MIXER]. Adjusts panel controls to dump blended mix into furnace. Observes signal lights, dials, and charts, and turns switches to adjust air, fuel, water pressure, and furnace temperature. Turns switch to reverse gas fire from one side of gas-and-air regenerative chambers to other side to equalize heat in furnace. Observes color of molten glass through furnace opening or reads gauges or pyrometer to determine when furnace temperature has reached prescribed level. Collects sample of molten glass for laboratory analysis. Makes adjustments on equipment to correct deviations from specifications. Records batch mixing, glass melting, and production data. May control furnace to melt and fuse premixed ingredients and be designated Tank-Furnace Operator.

Should I be a Batch and Furnace Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Furnace Operator and Tender, Tank-and-Batch Operator

    How to Become a
    Batch and Furnace Operator

    Most Batch and Furnace Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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