Michaela Dahlström / Falco Gitter

Smelter operator

A silver uniform at work

The work uniform is silver-colored and weight lifting is part of the job. Meet Michaela Dahlström and Falco Gitter, who are smelter operators at Ljunghäll.

Silver gloves, silver clothing, and a silver helmet are “must-haves” when Michaela and Falco work in the smelting furnaces. The color reflects the heat and makes it easier to cope with the sweltering work environment.

“It can get very hot, up to 50 degrees Celsius. We never freeze on the job,” laughs Michaela.

The job of a smelter operator is to melt scrap and guide the molten metal into the machines. It is the first step in the entire process of creating new products at the factory.

What’s the best thing about your job?

“The feeling you get when everything is going smoothly and you can cruise through the workday without any problems or repairs,” answers Falco.

– “Driving forklifts,” says Michalea.

When the smelting furnaces are done burning, they must be cleaned up so that no burnt-together pieces remain. Michaela and Falco agree that this is the toughest part of the job. To give their bodies a chance to recover, they usually take turns carrying out the cleanup duties.

“At the same time, it’s great to do a little weight lifting on the job,” says Falco.

What are the characteristics of a good smelter operator?

“You have to be happy and positive, and reliable. And a little bit heat resistant,” responds Michaela.

“We’re transporting molten metal, so you have to be careful and cautious and keep your eyes on everything all at once,” emphasizes Falco.

“And it doesn’t hurt if you have a bit of experience with driving a forklift,” adds Michaela.

No special training is required to begin working as a smelter operator – training takes place on the job.

“The newbies who come to us get at least 14 days of training. There’s a lot to learn; all the machines have their quirks and many of the people who come here think that the factory is like a maze at first. But we can help to find their way.”

Did you know that...

...Falco Gitter is an avid nature photographer in his spare time. His favorite subjects are landscapes and small animals. Michaela Dahlström also spends much of her free time in the great outdoors, often together with her two dogs. 

Smelter operator

No special training beyond a high school education is required to become a smelter operator.

Michaela Dahlström / Falco Gitter

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