Naphthalene Operator

Tend equipment that separate naphthalene from chemical drain oil.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Naphthalene Operators do?

Tends equipment that separates naphthalene from chemical drain oil used to wash coke-oven gas or tar distillate: Starts pumps to remove drain oil from scrubbing tower to collecting tank where naphthalene settles and crystallizes as oil cools. Opens drain valves or starts pumps to remove oil from pans to storage tanks. Dumps crystals into centrifuge to remove remaining oil [CENTRIFUGAL-DRIER OPERATOR]. Dumps or shovels crystallized naphthalene into steam-heated tank to melt and further purify crystals. Draws sample from melting tank for laboratory analysis. Starts pumps to transfer naphthalene into storage tanks or railroad tank cars. May be designated according to work performed as Drier Tender, Naphthalene.


Should I be a Naphthalene 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Drier Tender, Naphthalene, Naphthalene-Still Operator

    How to become a Naphthalene Operator

    Most Naphthalene 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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