Unit Operator

Tend equipment in furnace-process plants.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Unit Operators do?

Tends equipment in furnace-process plant that produces carbon black by partial combustion of crude oil, natural gas, or mixture of both: Starts individual units, such as reactors, quenchers, precipitators, cyclones, pumps, compressors, and conveyors. Turns valves to regulate flow of water in quencher, feed rate of fuel and air, and movement of accumulated carbon black through equipment, as directed by PLANT OPERATOR, FURNACE PROCESS. Observes gauges and meters to verify specified temperature, pressure, and flow rates of materials. Opens inspection ports and observes flow of product through conveyors to detect jamming.

Should I be an Unit 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become an Unit Operator

    Most Unit 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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