Second Helper

Assist First Helpers to melt and cast steel in open-hearth furnaces.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Second Helpers do?

Assists FIRST HELPER to melt and cast iron and steel in open-hearth furnaces: Cleans furnace tapholes, using scraper and oxygen lance. Closes furnace tapholes with pipe, chrome ore, dolomite, or magnesite to prevent loss of molten metal, and relines steel runners. Weighs additives, such as fluorspar, lime, and manganese, and trucks them to furnace areas. Shovels refractory materials into furnace. Assists crew in slagging or flushing furnace. Starts furnace by igniting gas, using torch. Performs other duties as described under HELPER Master Title.

Should I be a Second Helper?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Hot Saw Helper, Section Hand Helper, Sizer Helper, Splicer Helper

    How to become a Second Helper

    Most Second Helpers 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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