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Heat Treat Operator

Date: Nov 9, 2022

Location: Barberton, OH, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at


We are currently seeking qualified applicants to fill the role of heat treat operator at our facility in Barberton, Ohio!


A Day in the Life

If hired for this position, you will split your time between furnace operation and crane operation, performing heat treating functions and moving heavy components in support of site production efforts.


When operating furnaces, you will work with technical support to:

  • Operate electric and gas furnaces to perform stress relief heat treat operations
  • Clean, buff, and deburr products as required.
  • Attach thermocouple wire in accordance with procedures.  Make sketches of production loads, thermocouple locations on product, and indicate which recorder number relates to each thermocouple for furnace records
  • Rig and move material to furnace car and load to provide most efficient heating cycle.
  • Initiate furnace, monitor thermocouples and operate furnace by observing recorders and adjusting digital and analog controls
  • Perform various heating and cooling cycles, maintaining time-temperature relations, along with specified temperature differences between thermocouples.
  • Establish, layout, hook up and monitor cooling/purging equipment as required per procedure.
  • Hook up equipment for dryout operations and take dew point readings.
  • Maintain preheat in shop, in transit, and until furnace is operational


When operating cranes, you will:

  • Operate overhead cranes through the use of radio and pendent controls, making single and unison lifts
  • Roll, position, and transport material, products, and equipment using both hooks in unison when required or in conjunction with another crane
  • Make precision lifts with large heavy material products and equipment
  • Assemble, install, and torque hoist rings, bellybands and other lifting equipment as required
  • Load and unload heat treat furnace and all transport vehicles as required
  • Load and securely tie down vessels on railroad transfer cars and trailers; unloads as required
  • Operate fork truck and pallet movers to transport materials as required
  • Work from hand signals and verbal or written instructions; work from lift manuals and/or process as required
  • Perform grinding/deburring of lift equipment
  • Disassemble/assemble lifting equipment for NDE Inspection


Minimum Requirements

In order to thrive in this role, applicants must be able to safely perform the required job tasks.  This includes, at a minimum:


  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A minimum combined three (3) years’ experience with heat treatment and crane operation
  • Demonstrated computer literacy
  • Demonstrated familiarity with furnace operation and heat treat practices
  • Knowledge of weights and proper selection and use of lift equipment
  • Ability to work from verbal and written instructions such as loading lists, QA procedures, manufacturing plans, sketches and prints
  • Ability to work any shift
  • Ability to pass all pre-employment processes, to include a thorough background check, drug screen, pre-employment physical examination, and written examination.


Compensation and Benefits
BWXT values its employees and recognizes the significant role they play in the company’s overall success.  We are proud to offer competitive wages and generous benefits that include:


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-site clinic
  • Cafeteria
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Pay
  • Overtime
  • Annual Pay Increases


Pay for this position is $33.669 per hour.


As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity.  We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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