Dip-Lube Operator

Tend tanks to clean lead bullets and coat them with wax.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dip-Lube Operators do?

Tends tanks to clean lead bullets and coat bullets with wax: Scoops bullets into perforated drum and immerses bullets in solvent to remove chips and grease. Immerses bullets into molten wax. Presses buttons on portable control box to rotate drum. Empties coated bullets onto conveyor belt, closes cover of blower, and starts blower to dry wax and draw off solvent fumes. Examines bullets for defects, such as malformations, gouges, dents, or blunted ends. Discards defective bullets. Starts conveyor to dump bullets that conform to standards into tote boxes. Tests coating solution, using hydrometer, and adds solvent or wax to maintain specified viscosity.

Should I be a Dip-Lube Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Dip-Unit Operator

    How to become a Dip-Lube Operator

    Dip-Lube 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 Dip-Lube Operator-related education!
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