Dry Placer Machine Operator

Operate trailer-mounted machines to recover gold from sand.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dry Placer Machine Operators do?

Operates trailer-mounted machine to recover gold from sand: Positions conveyor from front-end loader to machine. Connects terminals from portable generator to control panel, using wrench. Starts machine and adjusts speed of feed conveyor to avoid overloading. Observes flow of fine sand from conveyor to screens and inclined riffle tables. Adjusts speed of bellows to force air through sand and float it over riffles, allowing gold-bearing particles to collect. Dries wet sand, using heat lamps.

Should I be a Dry Placer Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Boring Machine Operator Helper, Cutting Machine Operator Helper, Dry-Placer Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Dry Placer Machine Operator

    Most Dry Placer Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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