Tunnel Kiln Operator

Control preheating chambers and tunnel kilns to bake clay products.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tunnel Kiln Operators do?

Controls preheating chamber and tunnel kiln to preheat and bake clay products, such as brick, sewer pipe, mosaic tile, and ceramic and quarry tile: Observes color of fires and reactions of pyrometric cones to increases in temperatures in kiln and reads gauges and automatic recording instruments to verify specified temperatures in kiln. Turns fuel and air valves and opens or closes dampers to adjust temperatures. Pulls loaded kiln car from drier, opens preheater doors, and pushes kiln car into preheater, using car puller or transfer car. Closes preheater doors and starts mechanism that pushes car through preheater. Pulls loaded kiln cars from preheating chamber, opens tunnel kiln doors, and starts mechanism that pushes string of cars through kiln. Removes cars from tunnel kiln and moves them to sorting area, using transfer car. May control kiln equipped with automatic loading and drawing equipment. May control drying tunnel [DRY-KILN OPERATOR 573.362-010]. May control tunnel kiln equipped with preheating chamber to bake clay products. May be designated according to type of tile burned as Bisque-Tile Burner; Glost-Tile Burner.


Should I be a Tunnel Kiln Operator?

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.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Drying Tunnel Operator

    How to become a Tunnel Kiln Operator

    Most Tunnel Kiln Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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