DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
49-9045 Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons
Occupational Description:Build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change 2010 - 2020|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||7,900||$18.49/hr||18.0%|
|Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||6,190||$16.28/hr||6.9%|
|Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||2,870||$16.49/hr||5.6%|
|Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters||280||$14.59/hr||52.0%|
|Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters||230||$17.59/hr||71.5%|
|Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic||90||$24.26/hr||-1.5%|
Tasks for Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons
- Relines or repairs ladle and pouring spout with refractory clay, using trowel.
- Dumps and tamps clay in mold, using tamping tool.
- Mixes specified amounts of sand, clay, mortar powder, and water to form refractory clay or mortar, using shovel or mixing machine.
- Installs preformed metal scaffolding in interior of cupola, using hand tools.
- Chips slag from lining of ladle, or entire lining when beyond repair, using hammer and chisel.
- Transfers clay structures to curing ovens, melting tanks, and drawing kilns, using electric forklift truck.
- Climbs scaffolding with hose, and sprays surfaces of cupola with refractory mixture, using spray equipment.
- Installs clay structures in melting tanks and drawing kilns to control flow and temperature of molten glass, using hoists and hand tools.
- Measures furnace wall, and cuts required number of sheets from plastic block, using saw.
- Bolts sections of wooden mold together, using wrench, and lines mold with paper to prevent adherence of clay to mold.
- Removes worn or damaged plastic block refractory lining of furnace, using hand tools.
- Disassembles mold, and cuts, chips, and smoothes clay structures, such as floaters, drawbars, and L-blocks, using square rule and hand tools.
- Dries and bakes new lining by placing inverted lining over burner, building fire in ladle, or by using blowtorch.
- Fastens stopper head to rod with metal pin, to assemble refractory stopper used to plug pouring nozzles of steel ladles.
- Spreads mortar on stopper head and rod, using trowel, and slides brick sleeves over rod to form refractory jacket.
- Tightens locknuts holding assembly together, spreads mortar on jacket to seal sleeve joints, and dries mortar in oven.
- Drills holes in furnace wall, bolts overlapping layers of plastic to walls, and hammers surface to compress layers into solid sheets.