Chemical Compounder

Use equipment to process coal tar hydrocarbons into intermediate compounds.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chemical Compounders do?

Controls equipment that processes coal tar hydrocarbons into intermediate compounds for use in manufacture of dyestuffs and pharmaceutical products: Measures coal tar derivatives, using balance scales and volume indicators. Shovels or pumps derivatives into specified containers. Observes recording instruments, and adjusts steam, water, and vacuum valves to regulate temperature and pressure during chemical reactions that produce specified intermediates. Tests acidity of intermediates, using pH indicators. Tests solubility of intermediates in liquids, such as water, alcohol, and chloroform. Adds specified chemicals to intermediates to ensure that they meet requirements. Dumps ice into intermediates to reduce temperature. Pumps intermediates through filter to remove liquid residue. Heats intermediates and circulates vapors through condenser lines to isolate components of intermediates. May be designated according to equipment tended as Kettle Operator II; Tub Operator; process involved as Bromination Equipment Operator; Sulfonation Equipment Operator; or material produced as Optical-Brightener Maker.


Should I be a Chemical Compounder?

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

  • Also known as: Chemical Maker, Chemical Worker, Liquid Compounder I

    How to become a Chemical Compounder

    Chemical Compounders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Chemical Compounder-related education!
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