Tank-House Operator

Control equipment to purify copper by electrorefining.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tank-House Operators do?

Controls equipment to purify copper by electrorefining: Signals MONORAIL CRANE OPERATOR to lower impure copper anodes into tank filled with electrolyte. Immerses copper starter sheets into tank. Passes steel rod between electrodes to break off lumps which might cause short circuit and to verify specified clearance between electrodes. Examines, cleans, and tightens electrical connections, using steel wool and handtools. Turns on electrical current, and verifies voltage, using voltmeter. Measures density of electrolyte, using hydrometer. Observes deposition of copper on cathodes, and signals MONORAIL CRANE OPERATOR to remove coated cathodes and depleted anodes from tank after specified time. Inspects tanks for defects, such as loose connections, leaks, deteriorated suspension bars and fittings, clogged floats, and drainage connections. Repairs or replaces parts, or notifies maintenance department. May cover lead sheets with primary coat of copper to make cathodes and be designated Starting-Sheet-Tank Operator. May operate equipment that purifies copper through electrolysis without anodes and be designated Electro-Winning Operator.


Should I be a Tank-House 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.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Tank House Operator

    How to become a Tank-House Operator

    Tank-House 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 Tank-House Operator-related education!
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