Black Mill Operator

Tend furnaces and shaker screens to produce boneblack animal charcoal.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Black Mill Operators do?

Tends furnace and shaker screens to produce boneblack animal charcoal from ground bones: Turns dial on control panel to start feed of ground bones to furnace and turns handwheel to adjust oscillating speed of shaker screens to maintain uninterrupted production. Observes recording thermometer to verify specified temperature in furnace. Inspects conveyors, vibrating feeders, and shaker screens for clogging or malfunction. Tightens drive belts, using wrenches and other handtools. Gives directions to other workers in spreading boneblack over cooling floor and in loading cooled boneblack onto conveyors.


Should I be a Black Mill Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Dry Mill Operator

    How to become a Black Mill Operator

    Most Black Mill 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:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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