Assistant Refinery Operator

Control refinery equipment to convert starches into liquid sugars.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Assistant Refinery Operators do?

Controls semiautomatic refinery equipment to convert starch into liquid sugars and concentrate sugars to specific density: Controls pumps and flow of materials through converters, neutralizers, and evaporators, as instructed. Operates equipment manually during breakdowns [CONVERTER OPERATOR; NEUTRALIZER]. Observes instruments to detect equipment malfunctions and reports readings to REFINERY OPERATOR. Observes equipment to detect and correct fluid leakage or spillage. Tests sample of product to verify specific gravity, acid strength, and filtration, using hydrometer and other standard test equipment. Adds acids or alkalies to neutralize converted sugar liquors, and verifies concentration, using pH meter.

Should I be an Assistant Refinery Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Refinery Assistant Operator, Refinery Operator, Assistant

    How to Become an
    Assistant Refinery Operator

    Most Assistant Refinery 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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