Grease Refiner Operator

Tend kettles that refine greases.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Grease Refiner Operators do?

Tends kettle that refines grease according to specifications: Moves lever to admit grease into kettle and opens valve to admit steam into grease to control boiling. Draws off sample of grease and inspects it for clarity. Starts pump to add required amounts of acid to kettle and boils grease with acid until grease reaches specified clarity. Closes steam valve and allows water and impurities to settle to bottom of kettle. Opens valve to drain off water and impurities. Closes drain valve, opens steam valve, and starts pump to fill kettle with water. Boils mixture for specified amount of time to wash out acid and remaining impurities. Opens drain valve to drain off water and impurities. Pumps grease to storage tanks.


Should I be a Grease Refiner 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.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Grease Refiner Operator

    Most Grease Refiner 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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