Burning Plant Operator

Tend furnaces that heat scrapped small arms ammunitions.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Burning Plant Operators do?

Tends furnace that heats scrapped small arms ammunition to explode powder and reclaim lead and brass: Pulls trucks of tote boxes from storage area to furnace hoppers. Scoops or dumps primers or loaded cartridges into hopper. Shovels exploded primers from furnace floor or skims cartridge and bullet cases from surface of molten lead, using skimming tool, and deposits them in containers, according to type of metal. Ladles molten lead from furnace pot into pig molds. Carries cooled pigs to storage area and stacks them on skids. May burn waste powder in open pit by dumping it onto wood fire, using remote-control trolley.

Should I be a Burning Plant Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bonding Equipment Operator, Plant-Operator Helper

    How to become a Burning Plant Operator

    Most Burning Plant 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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