Decay Control Operator

Tend machines that pump gases to retard decays of fruits and vegetables.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Decay Control Operators do?

Tends machine that pumps gas to retard decay of fresh fruits and vegetables during storage and shipment: Loads machine with chlorine and salt. Starts machine that pumps gas into storage space or freight car. Periodically tests concentration of gas, using comparometer, and adjusts flow accordingly. Stops machine when specified time has elapsed and blows gas from storage area or freight car.


Should I be a Decay Control 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Continuous-Dryout Operator

    How to become a Decay Control Operator

    Decay Control 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 Decay Control Operator-related education!
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