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Steel Production Specialist

Steel Production Specialist

Employee managing the technological process of steel production.

History of the Profession

The proliferation of the craft of smelting was triggered by the appearance of the first metalworkers and the evolution of the production of copper and bronze. Later came the shift away from these metals and towards a metal that is more complex to process, but also more widespread and useful — iron. The development and flourishing of many civilisations can be directly attributed to the possession of the secrets of steel production. Specialists in the production and the study of metals for the development of new alloys and compounds began to appear amongst the metalworkers.

The Steel Production Specialist Today

A specialist in this role is responsible for the management and fulfilment of the technological process, and works to improve the applied technologies. The tasks of the steel production specialist include: the processing of ore to produce steel; the production of alloys with the required properties; the selection of the method and temperature of the smelting process; and the determination of the chemical composition of the product. At Metalloinvest, a steel production specialist has the task of reducing energy consumption and using the energy saving technologies in an efficient manner to improve the production process, as well as the task of maintaining the quality and range of products.

Knowledge and Skills

A representative of this profession should understand the processes, technologies, and models of metal production, as well as the technological processes and facilities for conserving energy and resources and protecting the environment. Comprehensive knowledge of the natural sciences and environmental protection are prerequisites for this role.

A steel production specialist must be able to carry out feasibility study, put together key requirements for the technological processes of production, assess technical and organisational decisions in terms of output quality, and oversee the observance of production’s technological processes.

Personal Qualities

The direct involvement of the specialist in the production process means that the role requires good health, maintenance of physical fitness, and endurance. Developing, implementing, and operating technologies, and filling in paperwork accordingly, requires analytical and risk assessment skills, the ability to map out results, as well as accuracy and attentiveness.

Career

The career of a young specialist begins in the role of 3rd grade engineer, who develops only one part of the technological process. Once an engineer has acquired the necessary skills, experience, and education, he/she is promoted to steel production specialist.

The specialist’s level of qualification rises with the acquisition of additional skills, further knowledge, and experience. In good time this presents opportunities to ascend the career ladder and become anything from manager of a steel-smelting laboratory, to head of a technical department.

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