Third Helper

Perform duties involved in operation of open-hearth furnaces.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Third Helpers do?

Performs any combination of following duties involved in operation of open-hearth furnaces: Moves controls to open and close furnace doors. Removes molten metal in low spots or pockets of furnace floor, using air lance. Shovels refractory materials onto furnace bottom. Transports additives from bins to furnace. Shovels additives into furnace and ladle. Cleans and reams furnace taphole and pries solidified metal from pouring spout, using reaming rod and bar. Sprays slag with water, using hose. Maintains tools and equipment required for furnace operations. Cleans charging floor and furnace areas.

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

  • Also known as: Tailor Helper, Tapper Helper, Toolroom Helper, Tuber Helper

    How to become a Third Helper

    Most Third 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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