Specialties Operator

Control equipment to prepare chemical solutions.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Specialties Operators do?

Controls equipment to prepare chemical solutions to meet customers’ small-lot orders or special specifications, performing any combination of following tasks: Starts pumps and agitators. Turns valves to admit and discharge chemicals to and from process vessels and to weigh tanks. Observes scales and stops pumps when required weight is attained. Mixes chemicals, according to proportion tables and prescribed formulas, in reaction vessel, and turns steam valves or sets thermostat to heat vessel to specified temperature. Mixes prepared materials with precipitants to produce slurry in dissolving and precipitating tanks [DISSOLVER OPERATOR].


Should I be a Specialties 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Specialty Person

    How to become a Specialties Operator

    Specialties Operators 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 Specialties Operator-related education!
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