Nickel Plant Operator

Control electrolysis tanks to purify electrolytes used in copper refining.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nickel Plant Operators do?

Controls electrolysis tanks to purify electrolyte used in copper refining by removing copper, arsenic, and nickel: Places lead anodes and copper cathode starting sheets in tanks and turns valves to fill tanks with impure electrolyte. Switches on current and starts circulation pumps to remove copper from solution and deposit it onto cathode. Pumps solution into high-voltage tank system to deposit arsenic on cathodes. Pumps electrolyte from high-voltage tanks into evaporators that concentrate solution to specified specific gravity. Turns valves to drain condensed solution into settling tanks and to recover acid after nickel sulfate has settled.


Should I be a Nickel Plant 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Nickel Operator

    How to become a Nickel Plant Operator

    Nickel Plant Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Nickel Plant Operator-related education!
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