Refiner

Recover precious metals from scrap dentures and extracted teeth.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Refiners do?

Recovers precious metals, such as gold, platinum, and palladium from scrap dentures and extracted teeth, using furnace, retort, and laboratory equipment: Breaks scrap dentures, using hammer, and removes precious metals. Weighs each type metal and records weights. Places metal in retort and positions retort in furnace to melt metal particles. Turns valves to adjust temperature of furnace. Removes retort and pours molten metal solution into beaker, using tongs. Adds specified amounts of chemicals to molten metal solution to separate metal from solution. Pours solution through filter to recover precious dental metals.


Should I be a Refiner?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Laborer, Petroleum Refinery, Petroleum Refinery Worker, Reflesher, Sugar Refiner

    How to become a Refiner

    Refiners 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 Refiner-related education!
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