Filter Press Operator

Tend filter plate presses that remove impurities or moisture from slurries.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Filter Press Operators do?

Tends filter plate press that removes impurities or moisture from slurries and chemical solution: Covers filter plates with cloth, canvas, or paper. Opens valve to admit liquid ingredients into tank, dumps specified dry ingredients into tank, and starts agitator to mix ingredients and form slurry. Starts pump to transfer slurry from mixing tank to filter plate press. Opens pressure valves to force slurry through plates to remove impurities and moisture. Turns gear wheel to release tension of plates at completion of cycle. When filtering to obtain liquid product, dislodges solid material from plates and cleans frames, screens, and filters, using scraper, steam, or compressed airhose. When filtering to obtain solid product, cuts mixture from frames with knife and loads materials on drying trays. May draw samples for laboratory analysis. May be designated according to product filtered as Pigment Presser; Plate-and-Frame-Filter Operator; Resin Filterer; Varnish Filterer II.

Should I be a Filter Press 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Mash-Filter-Press Operator

    How to become a Filter Press Operator

    Most Filter Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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