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Furnace Technician

Furnace Technician

locationRancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Howmet has an immediate opening for a Furnace Technician in our Rancho Cucamonga Operations. Our passionate commitment to the facility provides the successful candidate with an excellent environment in which to work and the leadership commitment and support to deliver results.  This position is a key member of the Facilities team, is a highly visible position that will require traveling to different sites within California.

Howmet Engines is a world-class producer of aero engine and industrial gas turbine components, including airfoils, forged rings, disks and forgings. We excel in vacuum melted superalloys, machining, performance coatings and hot isostatic pressing for high performance parts that enable the next generation of quieter, more fuel-efficient aero engines and cleaner power generation.


The furnace technician will be responsible for performing repairs, preventative maintenance, Temperature Uniformity Surveys (TUS), System Accuracy Tests (SAT) and furnace control instrument calibrations. Troubleshoot and repair furnace instruments and combustion systems to maintain operation of furnaces in a Quality environment in accordance with quality compliance procedures.


This is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
  • Provide maintenance and repair services for Hot Work production furnaces and Heat Treat furnaces. 
  • Sound understanding of combustion theory and application of concepts during furnace troubleshooting and repair to maintain thermal furnace characteristics and operational efficiency.
  • Prepare survey racks and stands for the performance of Temperature Uniformity Surveys to include: cutting and welding thermocouple wire to the required length(s) and affixing them to the correct positions on the survey rack / stand(s) in accordance with quality procedures.
  • Perform Temperature Uniformity Surveys test using a Portable Survey Datalogger Field Test Instrument mobile computer. 
  • Upload the Temperature Uniformity Survey results to the network system for proper review and acceptance by the Quality personnel in order to release the furnace back to production following the performance of Temperature Uniformity Survey or System Accuracy Test.
  • Calibrate furnace control instruments such as the temperature chart recorders, temperature controllers and the over limit controllers.
  • Create the certification of calibration for each instrument and affix calibration sticker that shows calibration date and due date in accordance with quality procedures.
  • Work directly with the Quality Department representatives, supervision and management to immediately identify and correct issues affecting the compliant functioning of furnaces.
  • Assuring that after the quality personnel reviews and approves the certification of calibration file calibration records with the maintenance planner.
  • Validate and confirm sufficient furnace components are on hand for the performance of scheduled TUS, SAT and calibrations.
  • Ensure that all the instruments that cannot be calibrated in house get calibrated by an outside source, such as Optical pyrometers, potentiometers and gas analyzers.
  • Review material certifications to ensure they have been approved for release and use by the Quality Department for thermocouple wire, control thermocouples, 

potentiometers, optical - pyrometers and Gas analyzers prior to their usage for both Forge and Heat Treat Departments.
  • Knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers and electro-mechanical controls a must.
  • All these duties are performed in accordance with Spec. AMS2750 Pyrometry latest revision.
  • Intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs (Excel, Word).
  • Must have an understanding and knowledge of company procedures and work instructions.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


$26 - $32.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


BS preferred, AS, High school diploma or GED and five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience


Ability to read and comprehend simple to complex instructions, correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as correction factors, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving multiple variables in changing situations.


Must have a valid forklift certification.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold; extreme heat; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.