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Refractory Materials Repairer

All About Refractory Materials Repairers

Occupation Description Build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.

List of Refractory Materials Repairer Job Duties

  • Spread mortar on stopper heads and rods, using trowels, and slide brick sleeves over rods to form refractory jackets.
  • Climb scaffolding, carrying hoses, and spray surfaces of cupolas with refractory mixtures, using spray equipment.
  • Dry and bake new linings by placing inverted linings over burners, building fires in ladles, or by using blowtorches.
  • Install clay structures in melting tanks and drawing kilns to control the flow and temperature of molten glass, using hoists and hand tools.
  • Measure furnace walls to determine dimensions and cut required number of sheets from plastic block, using saws.
  • Dump and tamp clay in molds, using tamping tools.

What Every Refractory Materials Repairer Should Know

When polled, Refractory Materials Repairers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Types of Refractory Materials Repairer Jobs

  • Bricker
  • Ladle Liner
  • Refractory Repairer
  • Refractory Technician
  • Melt Helper

Job Outlook for Refractory Materials Repairers

In the United States, there were 1,600 jobs for Refractory Materials Repairer in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Refractory Materials Repairer. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Refractory Materials Repairer are Missouri, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Watch out if you plan on working in Tennessee, Wisconsin, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Refractory Materials Repairer

The typical yearly salary for Refractory Materials Repairers is somewhere between $32,670 and $72,370.


Refractory Materials Repairers who work in New York, Virginia, or Michigan, make the highest salaries.

How much do Refractory Materials Repairers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $50,840
Illinois $50,110
Indiana $54,760
Michigan $60,020
New York $64,340
Pennsylvania $41,530
Tennessee $41,690
Texas $54,020
Virginia $71,620

Tools & Technologies Used by Refractory Materials Repairers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Refractory Materials Repairers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • Maintenance management software
  • Time tracking software

How do I Become a Refractory Materials Repairer?

Education needed to be a Refractory Materials Repairer:


How many years of work experience do I need?


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