SOC Code 51-4051 - Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

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Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel.


SOC Code 51-4051 - Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders is a a final level code of the “Production Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 17,150 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $20.81 and average Annual Wage of $43,280.

Occupation Examples

  • Electric Arc Furnace Operator
  • Melt Room Operator
  • Smelter Operator

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