Kettle Operator

Tend oil-fired kettles that melt and fume antimony to make antimony oxide.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Kettle Operators do?

Tends oil-fired kettles that melt and fume antimony to make antimony oxide: Charges antimony crystals into melting kettle with hoist, and fires burners. Regulates temperature according to thermometer readings and color and appearance of metal. Skims slag from surface of kettle. Connects trough from melting to fuming kettle, and pours metal into trough by tilting kettle. Heats metal to specified temperature to vaporize antimony which is drawn to baghouse and condensed as oxide dust. Fills buggy with antimony oxide from hoppers, and weighs filled buggy on floor scale. Empties buggy onto conveyor leading to rotating drum in which oxides from different charges are blended. Transfers blended dust to conveyor leading to automatic bagging machine. Determines antimony content by casting sample into rod of specified size, weighing it, and referring to standard chart.


Should I be a Kettle Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Reactor-Kettle Operator

    How to become a Kettle Operator

    Most Kettle 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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