Wash Operator

Control system of tanks to wash acidity of activated carbon sludge.
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Salary Range
$36,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wash Operators do?

Controls system of tanks to wash and reduce acidity of activated carbon sludge, preparatory to drying, for variety of industrial and consumer applications: Turns valves to regulate flow of acid, carbon sludge, and water through thickener and agitator tanks according to tank-level and specific gravity readings supplied by WASH HELPER. Draws sample of product in beaker and tests for acidity, using pH meter and standard titration test. Compares level of solution in graduated suction tube with conversion chart to determine acidity of sludge. Turns valve to admit caustic solution to neutralizer tank until acidity level meets prescribed standard. Patrols work area to observe level of carbon in thickener tank and wash solutions in overflow troughs to prevent spills, regulating pump speeds as necessary. Gauges tank levels, using calibrated rod. Keeps records of tank levels and test results for shift log.

Should I be a Wash Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Biomass Boiler Operator, Operation Specialist

    How to become a Wash Operator

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