Beater Operator

Tend machines that cut strands of nitrocotton or pyrocotton into segments.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Beater Operators do?

Tends machine that cuts strands of nitrocotton or pyrocotton into smaller segments for processing: Pumps nitrocotton slurry to feed tanks, starts beater blades, and opens valves to force slurry against blades. Turns handwheel to adjust speed of blades during operation according to gauge reading and process specifications, to produce uniformly beaten product. Pumps beaten slurry over sieve to remove water. Submits samples of batch to laboratory for approval of product texture. Starts agitators in tub to loosen nitrocotton and pumps it into poaching tubs for removal of impurities.


Should I be a Beater Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Beater Dumper, Beater Machine Operator, Char Belt Operator, First Beater, Pulp Beater, Water Router Operator

    How to become a Beater Operator

    Most Beater Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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