Acetylene Plant Operator

Tend generating equipment that converts calcium-carbide into acetylene gas.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Acetylene Plant Operators do?

Tends generating equipment that processes calcium-carbide crystals and water into acetylene gas: Turns valves, level gauge, and thermostat to raise and heat water to prescribed level and temperature in generator. Dumps specified quantity of calcium-carbide crystals into hopper, bolts in cover, and starts generator. Opens hopper gate and starts vibrator that sifts crystals into generator. Records amount of time consumed during operation and cylinder shipping data. May tend compressor. May ascertain level of acidity or alkalinity of gas with litmus paper, and test filled cylinders for leaks by brushing on chemical solution. May fill cylinders with compressed gas [CYLINDER FILLER].


Should I be an Acetylene Plant Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Anthracene Operator

    How to Become an
    Acetylene Plant Operator

    Most Acetylene Plant 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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