Monitor equipment operation, gauges, and panel lights to detect deviations from standards.
Confer with supervisors or other equipment operators to report equipment malfunctions or to resolve production problems.
Press and adjust controls to activate, set, and regulate equipment according to specifications.
Record gauge readings, test results, and shift production in log books.
Read and interpret work orders and instructions to determine work assignments, process specifications, and production schedules.
Examine or test samples of processed substances, or collect samples for laboratory testing, to ensure conformance to specifications.
Stop equipment and clear blockages or jams, using fingers, wire, or hand tools.
Load equipment receptacles or conveyors with material to be processed, by hand or using hoists.
Remove products from equipment, manually or using hoists, and prepare them for storage, shipment, or additional processing.
Calculate amounts of materials to be loaded into furnaces, adjusting amounts as necessary for specific conditions.