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Heat Treaters

Employment Prospects


Approximately 20,000 heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders are employed in the metal and plastics industries. Some heat treaters work in commercial heat-treating plants, where objects are heat-treated on contract for other firms. Others work in the heat-treating department of a company that manufactures metal objects, such as engines or machinery. Metal manufacturing is concentrated in the Great Lakes states, and in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and New York. 

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