Lye Treater

Tend heated kettles in which lyes are treated with chemicals.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lye Treaters do?

Tends heated kettle and filter press in which lye is treated with chemicals to remove undesirable properties in glycerine purification process: Starts pump to transfer premeasured lye into kettle, starts agitator to mix batch, and turns steam valve to heat kettle to prescribed temperature. Dumps specified amounts of dry chemicals or pumps liquid chemicals into kettle to attain product of specified concentration. Inspects batch sample for clarity and submits sample laboratory for testing. Regulates chemical concentration of batch, following laboratory report. Pumps batch through filter press to remove materials precipitated during treatment. Cleans filter press and replaces filter cloths, using handtools. Records kettle temperature, agitation and treating time, and amount of chemicals used in process.

Should I be a Lye Treater?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Acid Treater, Clay Plant Treater, White Lead Filterer

    How to become a Lye Treater

    Most Lye Treaters 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:9icaaa&chl=no+college+%2885%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,85,85
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