Cracking Unit Operator

Operate cracking units of lead pots and condensers.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cracking Unit Operators do?

Operates cracking unit of lead pots and condensers to vaporize and condense scrap plastics materials and recover monomer: Unbolts and removes side covers from lead pot, using handtools, and charges it with lead pigs. Adjusts controls of oil burner to melt lead at specified temperature. Sets pressure regulators to supply specified quantity of carbon dioxide to lead pot to eliminate formation of explosive mixture and observes process to detect leaks. Turns screw feed controls to regulate flow of scrap materials into molten lead. Adjusts controls on condensers which automatically recover monomer from solvent and pumps cracked monomer to storage tanks. Dismantles lead pot. Drains lead into molds.


Should I be a Cracking Unit Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Crowning Hammer Operator, Recovery-Unit Operator, Uniform-Cap Operator

    How to become a Cracking Unit Operator

    Cracking Unit Operators 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 Cracking Unit Operator-related education!
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