Rotary-Kiln Operator

Control rotary type kilns to calcine chemicals or clay or cement slurry.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Rotary-Kiln Operators do?

Controls rotary type kilns and auxiliary equipment, such as conveyors, feeders, and dust collectors, to calcine chemicals, raw ground stone, gypsum, slate, or clay or cement slurry: Lights burners, starts equipment to feed materials, and moves controls to rotate kiln drum, start dust collecting mechanism, and regulate damper. Observes color and shape of flame, monitors gauges, and moves controls to regulate feed of fuel to maintain specified temperature. Records data, such as kiln temperature, fuel consumption, and power consumed. Inspects kiln for accumulation of clinkers and deterioration of lining. May fire tripod-mounted shotgun to blast clinkers from kiln wall. May tend cooler mechanism. May tend grinders and vibrating screens to pulverize and size product prior to calcining.

Should I be a Rotary-Kiln 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Rotary Kiln Operator

    How to become a Rotary-Kiln Operator

    Most Rotary-Kiln 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:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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