Pusher Operator

Operate pusher machines which run on rails at base of coke ovens.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pusher Operators do?

Operates pusher machine which runs on rails at base of coke ovens, to push hot coke from ovens: Drives pusher to designated oven. Moves levers to hook door arm to oven door and to remove it from oven, and to position ram. Starts ram at signal from worker on discharge side of oven to push coke out of oven. Withdraws ram and replaces door in oven. Moves leveling bar back and forth through opening near top of oven to level fresh charge of coal. Signals LARRY OPERATOR to recharge oven. Cleans pusher, using steam hose.


Should I be a Pusher Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Thermospray Operator

    How to become a Pusher Operator

    Pusher 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 Pusher Operator-related education!
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