Charging Machine Operator

Control charging machines that charge open-hearth furnaces with materials.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Charging Machine Operators do?

Controls charging machine to charge open-hearth furnaces with materials, such as limestone, pig iron, and metal scrap: Moves controls to engage arm of charging machine in slot of charging box. Pushes levers to position charging machine at door of furnace, to thrust box through door, and to rotate arm, dumping contents of box on furnace floor. Withdraws empty box, disengages arm, and moves to next furnace to repeat process. May charge furnace with molten metal and be designated Hot-Metal Charger.

Should I be a Charging Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Discharging Machine Operator, Furnace-Charging-Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Charging Machine Operator

    Charging Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Charging Machine Operator-related education!
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