Poacher Operator

Tend tanks that remove acidity and impurities from nitrocellulose.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Poacher Operators do?

Tends tanks that remove acidity, impurities, and inadequately processed material from nitrocellulose, used in manufacturing chemical and explosive products: Pumps nitrocellulose into poacher tubs fitted with steam coils or steampipes. Turns valves to admit water and steam to boil mixture for specified time. Tends shaker screen and vacuum filter to wash nitrocellulose. Takes samples to laboratory for analysis. Reads laboratory reports and adjusts blends to meet specifications. Loads blender tubs with measured amount of different types of nitrocellulose to blend products according to specifications.


Should I be a Poacher 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Pulper Operator, Tomato-Pulper Operator

    How to become a Poacher Operator

    Most Poacher 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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