Metal Reclamation Kettle Tender

Tend melting kettles to remelt metal scraps, drosses, and skimmings.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Metal Reclamation Kettle Tenders do?

Tends melting kettle to remelt metal scrap, dross, and skimmings to recover lead, cadmium, zinc, or other nonferrous metals and cast it into pig molds for reuse: Charges kettle manually or using shovel or hoist. Ignites burner to melt and heat metal. Observes thermometer or color of molten metal and adjusts temperature control or turns valve to adjust fuel supply to obtain pour temperature. Stirs and skims molten metal, using bar and skimming tool. Drains, ladles, or pumps metal into molds.


Should I be a Metal Reclamation Kettle Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Iron Melter, Kettle Skimmer, Metal Melter, Metal Off Bearer, Metal Roaster, Metal Smelter See More

    How to Become a
    Metal Reclamation Kettle Tender

    Most Metal Reclamation Kettle Tenders 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:9djaaa&chl=no+college+%2882%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29|associate%27s+%2813%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,82,82
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