System Technician

Operate machines that remove impurities from milk, vodka, and more.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do System Technicians do?

Tasty liquids such as milk, brandy, and vodka often start off as cloudy liquids full of impurities and chunks of solid matter. System Technicians run liquids through machines to remove solids and impurities. A stickler for cleanliness, a System Technician makes sure no impurities are added during this process.

As a System Technician, you work under the direction of a Factory Manager, Brewmaster, or Master Distiller. Your boss supervises everything you do, and is ultimately responsible for setting production goals and tasting the final product.

You start a typical workday by placing raw liquids in a press to remove solid materials. You then take the pressed liquid and put it in a distillation device, where it is heated to kill bacteria. You may repeat these steps several times.

After this, you place the refined material in tanks for bottling or in barrels for aging, depending on what product you’re handling. You carefully measure the amount of liquid at each step, and record it in your company’s ledger. If your company makes alcohol, nearly every drop must be accounted for when an Auditor arrives, so you’ll be a stickler for measuring with accuracy.

If your machines clog and back up during production, you stop the flow, find the clog, and then remove it. You’ll become an expert at clearing clogs quickly so production can proceed on schedule.

After each step, you clean out the hoses and clamps you’ve used. Often, you do this cleaning by hand as the parts are too large to fit in a dishwasher. You’ll become accustomed to wearing hip boots at work so your feet stay dry.

Should I be a System Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Oil Refinery Process Technician, Refinery Technician

    How to become a System Technician

    Most System Technicians 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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