Paraffin Plant Operator

Operate presses to separate oil of paraffin distillate from paraffin wax.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Paraffin Plant Operators do?

Operates filter presses to separate oil of paraffin distillate from paraffin wax: Installs filter plates, using handtools, and turns handwheel to adjust hydraulic ram pressure. Turns valve to regulate flow of chilled distillate into filter plates. Starts machine to activate hydraulic rams that squeeze oil from distillate as wax solidifies. Observes oil pressed from filter plates, and adjusts ram pressure to extract maximum amount of oil from wax. Scrapes accumulated wax from filter plates into spiral conveyor that carries it to melting pan. Turns valve to regulate flow of steam into melting pan to heat wax. Starts pump to return salvaged distillate from tank to filter press for reprocessing. May be designated according to phase of processing as Leak Operator, Paraffin Plant; Press Operator, Paraffin Plant.

Should I be a Paraffin Plant 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Leak Operator, Paraffin Plant, Press Operator, Paraffin Plant

    How to become a Paraffin Plant Operator

    Most Paraffin Plant 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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