Mercury Washer

Tend equipment that recover mercury used in electrolytic cells.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mercury Washers do?

Tends equipment that recovers and reconditions mercury used in electrolytic cells: Sweeps, shovels, and dumps mercury-bearing material onto vibrating screen that separates mercury. Flushes screen with water, using hose, and drains off water into settling tank, forming sludge. Ladles contaminated mercury and sludge into reclaiming kettle and turns valves to admit acid and steam to separate foreign matter from mercury. Drains mercury into flask. May break used cell anodes to salvage porcelain insulators and copper posts, using hammer. May tend concentrating table to remove mercury residue from scrap material for recovery. May weigh flasks of recovered mercury for inventory records.

Should I be a Mercury Washer?

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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Mercury Recoverer

    How to become a Mercury Washer

    Most Mercury Washers 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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