Dehydrating Press Operator

Tend presses that remove water from nitrocellulose.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dehydrating Press Operators do?

Tends press that removes water from nitrocellulose used in manufacturing smokeless powder and pyroxylin for use in plastics: Pours specified amount of nitrocellulose into bottom cylinder of dehydrating press. Presses button or opens water valve to force plunger down onto bottom cylinder. Pumps alcohol into lower cylinder and through wet nitrocellulose to displace water. Removes cakes of water-free nitrocellulose and places them on handtruck for removal.

Should I be a Dehydrating Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Alfalfa Dehydrator Operator

    How to Become a
    Dehydrating Press Operator

    Most Dehydrating Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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