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What Do Refractory Materials Repairer Do?

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

Life As a Refractory Materials Repairer: What Do They Do?

  • Tighten locknuts holding refractory stopper assemblies together, spread mortar on jackets to seal sleeve joints, and dry mortar in ovens.
  • Install preformed metal scaffolding in interiors of cupolas, using hand tools.
  • Spread mortar on stopper heads and rods, using trowels, and slide brick sleeves over rods to form refractory jackets.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble molds, and cut, chip, and smooth clay structures such as floaters, drawbars, and L-blocks.

Skills Needed to be a Refractory Materials Repairer

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.

  • Refractory Technician
  • Cupola Repairer
  • Kiln Door Builder
  • Stopper Maker
  • Refractory Furnace Designer

Refractory Materials Repairer Job Outlook

There were about 1,600 jobs for Refractory Materials Repairer in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Refractory Materials Repairer. There will be an estimated 100 positions for Refractory Materials Repairer per 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.

How Much Does a Refractory Materials Repairer Make?

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 each U.S. state?

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

What Tools & Technology do Refractory Materials Repairers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Refractory Materials Repairers:

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

Becoming a Refractory Materials Repairer

What education or degrees do I need to become a Refractory Materials Repairer?


What work experience do I need to become a Refractory Materials Repairer?


Who Employs Refractory Materials Repairers?


Below are examples of industries where Refractory Materials Repairers work:


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