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Heat Treater

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Furnace Operator.

Heat treaters control furnaces and cooling equipment to change the physical properties of metals and metal objects, making them hard, tough, resilient or suitable for machining.

Heat treaters often work in hot environments.


    Heat treaters may perform the following tasks:

  • load items to be treated into the furnace and bring the metal to a specified temperature
  • use computer-controlled furnaces
  • use new technologies, such as advanced vacuum furnaces
  • check all gauges and controls during treatment to make sure they are working correctly
  • harden metal by heating it to the required temperatures (this varies with different metals) and dipping it in oil, gas, water, brine or other solutions
  • surface-harden metal components to improve their resistance to wear and abrasion
  • use special instruments to test the hardness and mechanical properties of treated metals


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy working with mechanical equipment
  • aptitude for working with computers

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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a heat treater without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a heat treater through a traineeship in Engineering.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Metal and Engineering Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Heat treaters are employed mainly by foundries, steel pipe and tube manufacturers, and firms that make iron and steel products. employment opportunities also exist with contract heat treatment companies, hardware and automotive component manufacturers, and aircraft component companies.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a leading hand or supervisor.

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