Blow Pit Operator

Tend blow pits that wash pulp to remove cooking acid.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Blow Pit Operators do?

Tends blow pits that wash pulp to remove cooking acid: Covers blow pit floor with specified amount of water, using hose, and clamps shut doors and hatches to prepare blow pit for receiving cooked pulp. Turns wheel, as signaled by DIGESTER OPERATOR, to open digester outlet valve and blow cooked pulp under pressure into blow pit. Opens valve to drain spent cooking liquor and water from pulp in blow pit. Opens water faucet or sprays pulp with water from high-pressure hose to wash cooking liquor from pulp and flush pulp from blow pit into receiving chests. Dips pulp sample from pit for testing in laboratory.

Should I be a Blow Pit 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.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Flattening Press Operator, Pickle House Operator, Pickling Operator, Pickling Tank Operator

    How to become a Blow Pit Operator

    Most Blow Pit 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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