Nitrator Operator

Control equipment to process acids and chemicals to produce explosives.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nitrator Operators do?

Controls equipment to combine and process acids and specified chemical ingredients to produce explosives, such as nitroglycerin, tetryl, or TNT: Admits specified ingredients, such as mixed acids and toluene compounds, to metering or weighing tanks, and regulates feed to nitrator in specified timing and sequence. Starts agitator to mix ingredients for prescribed time or until settling occurs. Observes temperature and pressure gauges and turns steam and coolant valves to regulate reaction within specified limits to prevent explosion. Transfers batch or specified components to storage tanks or other processing equipment after prescribed time or when visual inspection indicates reaction is completed. Records gauge readings, nitration time, and ingredients consumed in shift log. May be designated according to explosive produced as Nitroglycerin-Nitrator Operator, Batch; Tetryl-Nitrator Operator; or according to intermediate materials nitrated as Binitrotoluene Operator; Mononitrotoluene Operator. May control continuous-process equipment and be designated Biazzi-Nitrator Operator.

Should I be a Nitrator 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Biazzi-Nitrator Operator, Binitrotoluene Operator, Mononitrotoluene Operator, Nitroglycerin-Nitrator Operator, Batch See More

    How to become a Nitrator Operator

    Nitrator 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 Nitrator Operator-related education!
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