Wet Plant Operator

Tend equipment that recovers cadmium, lead sulfate, and zinc oxide.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wet Plant Operators do?

Tends equipment that recovers cadmium, lead sulfate, and zinc oxide from dust collected in precipitators: Signals OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 to dump dust into tank from which it is processed through series of sulfating tanks to precipitate and wash lead sulfate and cadmium. Pumps washed liquor to another tank for treatment prior to recovery of zinc oxide. Prepares lime solution and mixes it with zinc oxide liquor. Titrates samples or tests solution for acidity and specific gravity, using hydrometer. Distills cadmium in retort furnace.


Should I be a Wet Plant Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Dehydration Plant Operator, Selenium-Plant Operator, Solvent-Plant Operator

    How to become a Wet Plant Operator

    Most Wet Plant Operators 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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