Bottom Maker

Reline bottoms of ingot-soaking pits with coke dusts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bottom Makers do?

Relines bottoms of ingot-soaking pits with coke dust to retard formation of oxide scale on hot ingots: Digs out molten metal, slag scale, and cinder from bottoms of pits, using flat-pointed bar, and scrapes debris into ladle. Shovels coke dust into pit, using bar to level bottom surface. May change crane tong bits, using sledgehammer.


Should I be a Bottom Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Burrito Maker, Candy Maker, Bar, Enchilada Maker, Taco Maker

    How to become a Bottom Maker

    Most Bottom Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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