Ingot Header

Pour molten, nonferrous metals into solidifying ingots.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ingot Headers do?

Pours molten, nonferrous metals into solidifying ingots to compensate for shrinkage that occurs when ingots cool in their molds: Dumps specified amount of metal and flux into pot of gas- or oil-fired furnace. Reads temperature indicators and adjusts furnace flame to melt heading metal. Adds metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage, using ladle. Stencils identifying characters on top of solidified ingots, using special hammer tool. Opens mold and removes ingot, using tongs.

Should I be an Ingot Header?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Billet Header, Casting Header, Ingot Caster

    How to become an Ingot Header

    Most Ingot Headers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaab&chl=no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29||||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,97,97
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