Vacuum-Pan Operator II

Tend equipment that remove excess acid from explosives.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Vacuum-Pan Operator IIs do?

Tends equipment that removes excess acid from nitrated crude tetryl explosive, preparatory to further processing: Opens valve to load vacuum pan with tetryl slurry. Turns steam jet to draw off excess acid. Shovels and scrapes remaining moist powder from pan, grids, and filter cloth; and flushes it with water hose down into funnel leading to washing tubs. May neutralize acid water from subsequent washing operations. May shovel specified amounts of lime into hopper of lime feeder that neutralizes acid water from subsequent washing operations.


Should I be a Vacuum-Pan Operator II?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Vacuum-Pan Operator II

    Most Vacuum-Pan Operator IIs 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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