Benzene Washer Operator

Control agitator tanks to remove impurities.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Benzene Washer Operators do?

Controls agitator tank to wash benzol, benzene, toluene, and xylene with sulfuric acid and caustic soda to remove impurities: Turns valves and starts pumps to charge agitator vessel with specified amount of benzol or derivatives. Drains measured quantity of acid into vessel and starts agitator to mix contents for specified time. Stops agitator to allow acid and sludge to settle. Draws sample of washed product for laboratory colorimetry test to determine need for further washing. Opens valve, using wrench, to drain excess acid and sludge, adds caustic soda solution to neutralize remaining acid, and measures alkalinity, using standard titration test. Adds water, agitates mixture to wash out traces of caustic, and drains off water after contents have settled. Pumps washed benzol or derivatives into storage tank. Turns valves to admit steam to sludge kettle, solidifying sludge. Lifts kettle cover, using chain hoist, and removes sludge from kettle. May distill washed benzol in batch still [BATCH-STILL OPERATOR I]. May remove impurities from crude ethylbenzene by adding lime and water and agitating mixture.

Should I be a Benzene Washer 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Benzene Operator, Benzene Washer, Benzol Operator, Benzol Still Operator, Continuous-Washer Operator

    How to become a Benzene Washer Operator

    Most Benzene Washer 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:9faaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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