Spout Worker

Direct pouring of slag from ladle through spout into reverberatory furnace.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Spout Workers do?

Directs pouring of slag from ladle through spout into reverberatory furnace used for smelting: Raises furnace door, using lever or air hoist. Guides OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 by signal horn and lights in positioning ladle over spout and pouring slag. Sprays water on inner walls of spout to remove encrusted slag, or pries slag loose with iron bar. Shovels slag into car or furnace. Patches cracks in spout with moist clay, smoothing surface with hand or shovel. Scatters slurry of silica and clay evenly over inner surface of spout to decrease slag-crust during pouring operation. May guide DINKEY OPERATOR into position over furnace, using hand signals. May record amount of slag dumped into furnace on analysis sheet.


Should I be a Spout Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Lead-Supply Worker, Tear-Up Worker, Spring

    How to become a Spout Worker

    Most Spout Workers 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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