Retort or Condenser Press Operator

Operate presses to mold fire-clay retorts or condensers.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Retort or Condenser Press Operators do?

Operates mechanical or hydraulic press to mold fire-clay retorts or condensers used in smelting zinc ores: Packs plastic mixture of fire-clay into mold of press and closes mold. Pulls lever to actuate ram which forces clay into all parts of mold. Removes molded retort or condenser from press. Places protective jacket around retort or condenser, and puts it into drying chamber for seasoning.


Should I be a Retort or Condenser Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • 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.

  • How to Become a
    Retort or Condenser Press Operator

    Most Retort or Condenser Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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