Chiller Operator

Tend chillers and driers that crystallize diluted caustic soda solution.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chiller Operators do?

Tends chiller and centrifugal drier that crystallize diluted caustic soda solution and remove liquid from crystallized product: Starts pump to transfer caustic soda solution and water into dilution tank and determines specific gravity of diluted solution, using hydrometer. Pumps solution through refrigerating unit and into chiller. Observes consistency of crystallized slurry flowing from chiller to centrifuge, and turns valves to regulate feed rate and maintain slurry at specified consistency. Tends centrifugal drier [DRIER OPERATOR III] to remove liquid component of slurry. May turn valve to heat centrifuge unit if machine is so equipped. Inspects feed and outlet pipes of equipment and flushes lines, using hose, to prevent clogging.


Should I be a Chiller Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Compressor Room Operator, Ice Plant Operator, Para Operator, Refrigeration Operator

    How to become a Chiller Operator

    Most Chiller 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:9kiaaa&chl=no+college+%2858%25%29|certificate+%2834%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,58,58
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