Absorption Operator

Control equipment that absorbs gases and liquids to produce chemicals.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Absorption Operators do?

Controls equipment that absorbs gases and liquids into water or other solvents to produce chemicals, such as hydrochloric acid or ammonium hydroxide: Starts pumps, turns valves, and observes flowmeters to control concentration, flow, temperature, and quantity of coolant, gas, liquid, and absorbing liquor through cooling and absorption towers. Turns valves to regulate feed of solution produced and rate of steam to purge boilers and condensers to separate impurities from solution and obtain product of designated strength and specific gravity. Draws sample and tests specific quality and acidity, using hydrometer and pH meter, or submits sample to laboratory for analysis. Pumps solution between equipment and storage tanks or tank cars. Maintains log of instrument readings, test results, and shift production. May be designated according to solution produced as Ammonium-Hydroxide Operator; Aqua-Ammonia Operator; Hydrochloric-Acid Operator.


Should I be an Absorption Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Absorber Operator

    How to become an Absorption Operator

    Most Absorption Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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