Compound Finisher

Tend mixing machines to finish mixing of matchhead compounds.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Compound Finishers do?

Tends mixing machine to finish mixing of matchhead compound to produce mixture of specified viscosity: Lifts kettles of compounds from cart onto mixer with hoist. Starts mixer and pours dye solution into compound. Sets thermostat or opens valve to admit steam into jacket around kettle to heat compound if specified, and verifies temperature with thermometer. Fills graduated dipper with compound and times flow of compound from dipper with stopwatch to test viscosity. Adds specified ingredient according to test results until viscosity is correct.


Should I be a Compound Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Gasoline Finisher

    How to become a Compound Finisher

    Most Compound Finishers 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:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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