Bone Char Operator

Unload furnaces in which ground bones are charred to produce boneblacks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bone Char Operators do?

Unloads furnace in which ground bones are charred to produce boneblack: Opens and closes slide gate on bone-char furnace to fill bucket, mounted on dolly, with boneblack. Tilts bucket, assisted by other workers, to discharge contents onto cooling floor. Spreads boneblack over floor to cool, using rake. Shovels cooled boneblack onto conveyor for transfer to storage tanks. May sprinkle water onto material to facilitate cooling. May shovel ground bones into furnace or retort and dump charred product onto storage conveyor, using wheelbarrow, and be designated Retort Feeder, Ground Bone.


Should I be a Bone Char Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Chip Crusher Operator, Dry Chain Operator

    How to become a Bone Char Operator

    Most Bone Char 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:9gfaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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